FINDING NEVERLAND National Tour To Launch In Lancaster
Finding Neverland, the enchanting Broadway musical, is set to soar on tour starting this fall in Lancaster, PA.
Based on the Academy Award-winning Miramax motion picture by David Magee, and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee, Finding Neverland follows the relationship between playwright J.M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up - one of the most beloved stories of all time.
The musical has a book by Olivier Award-nominee James Graham, music and lyrics by Gary Barlow (Take That) and Grammy Award- winner Eliot Kennedy, and original choreography by Emmy Award-winner Mia Michaels ("So You Think You Can Dance," Cirque du Soleil's Delirium). Finding Neverland is packed with mesmerizing visuals, irresistible songs and plenty of laughs making it a timeless story about the power of imagination.
The winner of Broadway.com's Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash "captures the kid-at-heart," says TIME Magazine. FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story of how playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four Young Brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys' enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie's classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. Critics raved that FINDING NEVERLAND is "far and away the best musical of the year!" (NPR) and Vogue cheered, "It's a must-see you'll remember for years to come!"
The production will star Mark Bacon as J.M. Barrie, Florence Cooper as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (the boys' mother) and Kirk Lawrence as the Producer Charles Frohman and Captain Hook. Mr. Bacon's selected credits include Brigadoon (Tommy), Hairspray (Link), Heathers (Hipster, JD understudy), All Shook Up (Chad), and Mamma Mia! (Sky). Ms. Cooper has performed in the tours/Off-Broadway in Girls Night, La Storia Di Colapesce, Night Witches, and The Dream Project. Her TV and film credits include Comedy Central and Uncanny Harbor. Mr. Lawrence has performed with the national tour of The Wizard of Oz as Professor Marvel and The Wizard, and regionally played the roles of Doc in West Side Story, Mr. Carnes in Oklahoma!, Mr. Potter in A Wonderful Life, and Todd in Sweeney Todd. Emmanuelle Zeesman returns to the tour as Mrs. du Maurier. Her national tours/Off-Broadway credits include The Wizard of Oz, A Christmas Carol, Guys and Dolls, Passion, five seasons with symphony orchestras across four continents and Blood Brothers (CCC Best Actress Award).
Of course the young Davies boys are the other stars of the show! The youth performers who will bring your favorite youngsters to life will be cast this fall prior to the January touring season.
The ensemble cast includes Timothe L. Bittle, Nicholas Karl Brown, Dani Ciaramitaro, Desirée Dillon, Morgan Gillott, Nathan Edward Groth, Jake Kinney, Ashley McCormack, Justin Miller, Maddie Parrish, Jonathan Ragsdale, Justine Rima, Connor Simpson, Braden Sweeney and Ashleigh Thompson.
The tour will begin at the Dutch Apple Theatre in Lancaster, PA this August, then play the Broadway Palm Theatre in Ft. Myers, FL in October and in January begin a cross-country tour that will also perform in Canada.
Finding Neverland is produced by APEX Touring, who is highlighting their fourth national tour season with the international tour of The Wizard of Oz, which is currently in China. Past tours include the 2019 tour of The Wizard of Oz, the 2018 tour of Cabaret and 2017 tour of Pippin.
For more tour and casting information: www.FindingNeverlandTheMusical.com