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Dear Mr Weinstein here are 3 suggestions for Finding Neverland

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Up In One
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Ok guys and gals here's your chance to elevator pitch three ideas each to Harvey Weinstein to act upon in fixing Finding Neverland. Number them #1 #2 #3 keep each suggestion to one short succinct sentence .


Updated On: 8/15/14 at 07:33 PM
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Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
1) Lobby to have Isherwood review it in NYC because Brantley can barely hide the fact he hates you.
2, 3) see 1.
mikey2573
Broadway Star
joined:12/28/10
1. Hire a new composer and lyricist.
2. Hire a new book writer.
3. Hire a set designer with a vision.
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CurtainPullDowner
Broadway Legend
joined:11/4/04
1. Don't talk to the NY TIMES critic right before the curtain goes up.
2. Don't tell that critic he is seeing the 3 million version of the show not the 11 million version.
3. Stop putting money (you have enough) in front of originality, creativity and talent.
JaglinSays
Swing
joined:5/22/14
Restore the old book, score and director.
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VernonGersch
Broadway Star
joined:8/9/10
Dear Harvey,

The play is spectacular ...maybe tighten up the first act a bit, maybe, but it's in excellent shape and I, along with the entire audience LOVED the show. Standing ovation. Great music, exceptional direction and pitch perfect performances by two stars and a wonderful book.

Theatrical magic.
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dreaming
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joined:4/24/09
1. Have another out of town run-yes, you'll lose the theater for THIS season, but wouldn't it be worse to be a disaster on Broadway? (there are a lot of 'family' shows, sir and you know that quality does matter...)
2. Focus less on money and more on quality
3. Go back to the original team-popsy ballads only go so far.
Back Row
Understudy
joined:4/14/12
I would only give one bit of advice, and that would be to ignore any recommendations coming from anonymous internet posters.
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g.d.e.l.g.i.
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1. Go back to the source material and re-examine the true story, as pointed out in the ART previews thread here on BWW. There's a darker side to Neverland that is not being explored here, and pretending it doesn't exist for the purposes of the show's plot is foolhardy when it could add so much more. Even if you take the tack that there wasn't something creepy going on with Barrie and the kids, acknowledging it may win you points with people who see the show as an otherwise cutesy, saccharine take on the writing of a children's story.

2. Go back to both versions of the score and cherry-pick. Add other songs by different writers if you want. The only thing that will make a difference is the orchestration. If it holds together as a score, and sounds all of a piece, then that'll do. I'm not coming down on the side of either Barlow or Korie & Frankel. You want the best score you can get, and if you don't get it from the writers you chose (and clearly there are problems with both versions, or you wouldn't have called in a new songwriter and the fans wouldn't have a problem with said new songwriter in the first place), put together a score that works by any means necessary. I'm tired of the attitude that only one songwriter or team of songwriters is necessary for a show. Jukebox musicals, for all their flaws, have proven that as long as the songs tell a cogent story and hang together as a score, it doesn't matter who wrote them, 'cause Lord knows Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons didn't write all of their own material.

3. Hire a dramaturge who can take the advice from #1, the old book, and the new book, and produce something that resembles a musical. Currently you've got nothing substantial. A new (or old) director, a new designer, that crap is cosmetic at best once you have the material. (There are only so many ways to stage this story.) And be it Brantley or Isherwood, I doubt the Times critic is gonna like what you have right now.

**This advice is offered casually as a producer of Broadway-bound musical projects, and should not be considered binding or mandatory. After all, I am otherwise an anonymous Internet poster.**
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Updated On: 8/16/14 at 12:03 PM
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Hackasaurus_Rex
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Here here, Back Row.
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blaxx
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I, along with the entire audience LOVED the show.

It's super cute when people post that the entire audience loved a show.

It tends to happen more with flops too, wonder why no one cared about the show after every single person was having a theatrical orgasm? The world will never know.
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Sutton Ross
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The entire audience "loved the show"? So glad you can read minds. But, since I didn't love the show, you'd be wrong.
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mikey2573
Broadway Star
joined:12/28/10
I won't say everyone loved or hated the show the night I saw it. I will say that myself and the person I was with both thought there were huge portions of the show that were
1. Irrelevant (had little or nothing to do with the primary story)
2. Laughable (unintentionally)
3. Dull

I can say that during both intermission and after the show, the people sitting around me and walking near me were mostly voicing "meh" type of reactions. Again, that is not the ENTIRE AUDIENCE's reaction, just those in my proximity who were talking about the show. (Many people parked in the same garage I did so I was listening to at least 4 or 5 conversation about the show as I walked to my car.)

I can say this, IMHO the show that I saw would be MASSACRED by the NY critics. I have seen a couple of shows that closed to bad reviews in recent years (Big Fish and Leap of Faith), and both of those shows were MILES above FN in terms of quality.

I really hope the show can be fixed, but I believe another MAJOR overhaul would be required.
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Jeffrey Karasarides
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Diane Paulus had openly expressed in an interview that she always reads the reviews to be aware of what they need to improve for any (possible) future productions.
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Scripps2
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Only one suggestion is necessary - find a producer who knows what they are doing.

This was a half-decent show with much promise and some problems in Leicester. Every decision taken since then reads as though it was a wrong one.
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Playbilly
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As if Weinstein listens to anyone.
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Mr Roxy
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1 suggestion

Pray Pray Pray
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lotiloti
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'Restore the old book, score and director'

No way. I saw the original, it was dreadful.
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hanschens
Stand-by
joined:6/9/13
1) Get rid of Gary Barlow
2) No seriously, get rid of him
3) See above
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Borstalboy
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Dear Mr. Weinstein,

1.) You made me love you.
2.) I didn't want to do it.
3.) See 2.
"It's now rather very common to hear people say 'I'm rather offended by that'. As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more than a whine. It has no meaning, no purpose. It has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that'. Well, so f**king what?"--Stephen Fry
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Up In One
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Dear Mr. Weinstein,

Sorry we couldn't have given you more of a practical assist. Sounds like most who responded haven't seen the show but enjoy an opportunity to snark. Happy to hear you are throwing out the first 20 minutes of the current show which suggests there will be other changes throughout the rest of the show. While one more out of town tryout would be preferential it will be interesting to watch you and your team try to finesse things in New York where the noise will be deafening.

Hope you prove the naysayers wrong and turn Finding Neverland in to great musical.

It's happened before.