Alfie Boe Flies Into Broadway's FINDING NEVERLAND as 'J.M. Barrie' Tonight
Tony Award-winner Alfie Boe, the British tenor acclaimed for his role as 'Jean Valjean' in the widely watched 2010 25th anniversary special televised concert at London's O2 arena of LES MISERABLES, again in the West End's 2011 production, and in Broadway's current revival, takes over the role of 'J.M. Barrie' in Broadway's FINDING NEVERLAND tonight, March, 29.
Tony Award-nominee Tony Yazbeck played his final performance as Barrie, the writer whose relationship with a widow and her four sons inspired him to write Peter Pan, last Sunday, March 27.
Beginning March 1, FINDING NEVERLAND also welcomed Broadway favorite Sally Ann Triplett as 'Madame du Maurier' for a run through May 1, 2016.
The FINDING NEVERLAND music writing team of Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy said, "We've both been huge fans of Alfie's from the first time we saw him on stage years ago, and are delighted to see him take on Barrie's role next. Like Tony and Matthew Morrison before him, we can't wait for audiences to see this equally incredible performer in Neverland."
Alifie Boe made his Broadway debut as Rodolfo in Baz Luhrmann's acclaimed production La Boheme, for which he and his co-stars received a special Tony Award in 2003 for their performances. Boe is beloved by millions of LES MISERABLES fans for his October 2010 role as Jean Valjean in the legendary 25thAnniversary Concert at London's O2 Arena, which prompted The Evening Standard to declare that he was "a stunning Valjean." In 2011, Boe played a sold-out six-month engagement as Valjean in the original West End production of LES MISERABLES at the Queen's Theatre. These performances propelled him into becoming a platinum-selling recording artist and a hugely-successful international concert performer. Often considered Britain's favorite tenor, Boe hails from the Lancashire, England fishing port, Fleetwood. In his early career, he studied and sang opera at London's National Opera Studio and the Royal Opera House. He went on to release numerous highly-successful solo albums in the UK and the US and has toured extensively in both regions. His live opera appearances include The Pearl Fishers at the English National Opera and Romeo ET Juliette at the Royal Opera House. He was also featured in the popular ITV series "Mr. Selfridge" as music-hall singer Richard Chapman. In 2010, he performed alongside John Owen-Jones and Simon Bowman for Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall as part of the Royal Variety Performance in 2010, and, in 2012, he performed at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. In 2013, Boe released his autobiography, My Story.
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.