Robin Hood Students Get First Broadway Experience at Tomorrow's FINDING NEVERLAND
In advance of its one-year Broadway anniversary on March 15, FINDING NEVERLAND has announced a partnership with The Robin Hood Foundation, NYC's largest poverty-fighting organization, to give hundreds of low-income youth their first Broadway experience.
The students -- the audiences of tomorrow - will have a unique opportunity to see FINDING NEVERLAND tomorrow, March 3. In addition to tickets, this "evening of firsts" will also include a talkback with the cast and an interactive learning component in which the students will tell stories about their own lives through the lens of playwriting.
Robin Hood supports more than 200 of the most effective non-profits in New York City. The young people attending Thursday's show participate in a range of programs and schools that these organizations operate.
"We're so grateful for the partnership with Harvey Weinstein and FINDING NEVERLAND as it makes it possible for the young people and the families we serve to have this incredible, quintessentially New York experience. A year ago, when the show first came to Broadway, 1,000 children served by Robin Hood grantees were treated to such a night. What a generous way to mark this important milestone for the show," said David Saltzman, Executive Director of Robin Hood. "Harvey has been and continues to be a mighty force for good. He is one of the key driving forces behind Robin Hood, a tireless advocate for poor New Yorkers."
"We are thrilled to have Harvey Weinstein and FINDING NEVERLAND as partners in our fight to break the cycle of homelessness," said Christine Quinn, CEO and President of WIN, a Robin Hood grantee. "By exposing this celebrated and entertaining Broadway musical to children in our facilities, we're taking an important step toward providing them with the same experiences we hope to provide for our own children."
Producer Harvey Weinstein said today, "The Robin Hood Foundation has done phenomenal work in New York City for countless individuals -- their work in not only fighting poverty, but also in making sure that all this City has to offer is accessible to all, is truly astonishing. I'm so proud to partner with Robin Hood in bringing local students to see a Broadway production for their first time. After all, Finding Neverland, at its heart, is a story about helping others." He went on, "Paul Tudor Jones and David Saltzman have built America's most important charitable organization and on behalf of Finding Neverland, we celebreate the great work that they do."
FINDING NEVERLAND began performances on March 15, 2015 at Broadway's Lunt Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street).
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.
Robin Hood, New York's largest poverty-fighting organization, creates and funds over 200 of the most effective programs, to help 1.8 million New Yorkers learn and earn their way out of poverty. Robin Hood's board underwrites all operating costs, so 100% of your donation goes directly to serve New Yorkers in need. Find Robin Hood online at www.robinhood.org, on Facebook: facebook.com/robinhood, and on Twitter: @robinhoodnyc.