Hook Sails to London? Kelsey Grammer in Talks to Join Alfie Boe in West End's FINDING NEVERLAND
At a pre-Oscar party hosted by FINDING NEVERLAND producer Harvey Weinstein, Grammer told the Mail: "I'll be coming to London with Neverland. It will be my debut over there."
Grammer is currently starring in the Broadway production, reprising the roles he originated in the hit musical's opening last spring. Boe joins the New York staging on March 29.
No word yet on a venue, dates, or further casting for the West End production, but according to the Mail, the musical "will undergo important changes for London involving running time, re-writing, re-orchestration and song placement."
FINDING NEVERLAND originated across the pond at the Curve Theatre in Leicester in 2012 before making its world premiere in 2014 at American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass., and eventually flying to the Great White Way.
The musical features 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).
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.
Kelsey Grammer has excelled at the highest level in theatre, television and film as an actor, producer and director. Grammer has won five Emmys, three Golden Globes, and a SAG Award and has received an unparalleled sixteen Emmy nominations, eight Golden Globe nominations, sixteen SAG nominations and one Tony nomination. Grammer starred in La Cage aux Folles on Broadway in 2010 (Tony nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical). Other Broadway credits include Macbeth and Othello. Off-Broadway credits include Sunday in the Park with George, A Month in the Country and the Obie-winning Quartermaine's Terms. Grammer's most recent credits include The National Geographic Channel's "Killing Jesus" and HBO's feature film Entourage, The Expendables 3 and Transformers: Age of Extinction. Other film credits include I Don't Know How She Does It, Fame, Swing Vote, X-Men: The Last Stand and more. Television credits include the Emmy Award-winning "Cheers," "Frasier," "Wings" and "30 Rock," in addition to starring roles in "Back to You," "Hank," and many others. Also accomplished as a voice-over artist, Grammer has played the iconic character Sideshow Bob on "The Simpsons," for fourteen years, for which he won an Emmy in 2006. His voice over credits also include "Toy Story 2," "Anastasia" and "Teacher's Pet," "Father of the Pride," "Gary the Rat," and TNT's Emmy-nominated "Animal Farm". Grammer was born in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands and was raised in New Jersey and Florida. He graduated from New York City's esteemed Juilliard School, and now lives in the Los Angeles area and New York.
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