FINDING NEVERLAND Enters Final Weeks on Broadway Before Flying Away on Tour
As previously announced, Broadway's Finding Neverland, the magical story of how Peter became Pan, will soon be leaving the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 46th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue), sailing off August 21, 2016 for a First National U.S. Tour and forthcoming 2017 West End production. Finding Neverland opened on Broadway on April 15, 2015 and upon its August 21 closing will have played 33 previews and 565 performances.
Director Diane Paulus said today, "I am profoundly grateful for the extraordinarily dedicated Finding Neverland company at the Lunt-Fontanne who have made our run on Broadway so magical, as well as the audiences who have so warmly embraced our show. I could not be more excited to share this triumphant story about the power of the imagination with audiences across America as we set out on our National Tour."
Finding Neverland currently stars Tony Award-nominee Tony Yazbeck (On The Town) as playwright J.M. Barrie, Olivier Award-winner Laura Michelle Kelly (Mary Poppins) as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, Paul Slade Smith as Charles Frohman/Captain James Hook, Tony Award-nominee Carolee Carmello (Parade, Scandalous) as Mrs. Du Maurier, and Dana Costello as Mary Barrie, with Christian Michael Camporin, Alex Dreier, Jackson Demott Hill, Jack McCarthy, Christopher Paul Richards, Eli Tokash, Courtney Balan, Cameron Bond, Kristy Cates, Colin Cunliffe, Chris Dawn, Robert Anthony Jones, Crystal Kellogg, Kevin Kern, Erica Mansfield, Nick McGough, Mary Page Nance, Emma Pfaeffle, Jonathan Ritter, Lance Roberts, Alison Solomons, Ron Todorowski, Matt Wolpe, Ryan Worsing, and Amy Yakima.
Finding Neverland will launch its U.S. National Tour on October 11 at Shea's Theatre in Buffalo, New York, before going on to play 50 cities over a 77-week period. In 2017, the production is slated to open in London's West End at a theater to be announced.
Finding Neverland follows playwright J.M. Barrie as he summons the courage to become the writer - and the man - he yearns to be. Barrie finds the inspiration he's been missing when he meets the beautiful widow Sylvia and her four young sons: Jack, George, Michael and Peter. Delighted by the boys' hilarious escapades, Barrie conjures the magical world of Neverland and writes a play unlike any the high-society London theatergoers have ever seen. It's a tremendous risk, but as Barrie himself has discovered- when you believe, you can fly.
Directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Hair), with music and lyrics by Gary Barlow (Take That) and Grammy winner Eliot Kennedy, book by Olivier Award nominee James Graham and choreography by Emmy Award-winner Mia Michaels ("So You Think You Can Dance," Cirque du Soleil's Delirium), this new musical, packed with mesmerizing visuals, irresistible songs and plenty of laughs, is a timeless story about the power of imagination...and spectacular proof that you never really have to grow up.
Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg