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Based on the 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.
On 6 February 2011, La Jolla Playhouse, California, announced that they would produce a new stage musical based on the film with the book by Allan Knee, score by Scott Frankel (music) and Michael Korie (lyrics), and directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford. A planned production at La Jolla Playhouse was not held. A developmental reading was held in New York on 31 March 2011, with Julian Ovenden, Kelli O'Hara, Tony Roberts, Mary Beth Peil, Michael Cumpsty, and Meredith Patterson, directed by Ashford. The adaptation had its world premiere on 22 September 2012 at Curve in Leicester. Directed by Rob Ashford, it starred Julian Ovenden as J.M Barrie and West End actress Rosalie Craig as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies.
On 4 September 2013, it was announced that producer Harvey Weinstein has hired Barry Weissler as executive producer. They planned on opening a revised version of the musical at the American Repertory Theater (ART), Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2014. The revised musical has a new creative team, with Diane Paulus as director, a new book by James Graham and 22 songs by Gary Barlow, with a few songs from the original composers. A private reading was held in September 2013 with Brian d’Arcy James as Barrie and Jason Alexander as the "nagging theater producer".
The revised production ran at the ART from 23 July 2014 to 28 September 2014, with songs by six-time Ivor Novello winner Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy, the book by James Graham and choreography by Mia Michaels; ART artistic director Diane Paulus is the director. The full cast and creative team was announced on 2 June 2014, with Jeremy Jordan as Barrie and Laura Michelle Kelly as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies featured. The cast also includes Michael McGrath as Charles Frohman, Carolee Carmello as Madame du Maurier, Jeanna de Waal as Mary Barrie, Aidan Gemme as Peter, Alex Dreier as Michael, Sawyer Nunes as George and Hayden Signoretti as Jack. Roger Bart who was originally announced for the character of Charles Frohman has been replaced by Michael McGrath.
Jennifer Hudson debuted the song "Neverland" from the musical at the 68th Tony Awards on 8 June 2014.
The ART production directed by Diane Paulus moved to Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in March 2015. On 10 November 2014, it was announced that Matthew Morrison, is taking Jordan's place in the portrayal of J. M. Barrie in the Broadway production. Kelsey Grammer stars as Charles Frohman and Laura Michelle Kelly reprises the role of Sylvia Llewelyn Davies. Previews began 15 March 2015, with the official opening on 15 April. The production did not receive any Tony nominations.
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Finding Neverland (2012-09-Curve-Leicester)Type de série: Pre-Broadway Try Out
Théâtre: Curve (Leicester - Angleterre) Durée : 3 semaines Nombre : Première Preview : samedi 22 septembre 2012Première : samedi 22 septembre 2012Dernière : samedi 13 octobre 2012Mise en scène : Rob Ashford • Chorégraphie : Avec : Julian Ovenden (J.M Barrie), Rosalie Craig (Sylvia Llewelyn Davies)En savoir plus sur cette version
Finding Neverland (2014-07-ART-Cambridge)Type de série: Pre-Broadway Try Out
Théâtre: American Repertory Theatre (Cambridge - Etats-Unis) Durée : 2 mois 1 semaine Nombre : Première Preview : mercredi 23 juillet 2014Première : mercredi 23 juillet 2014Dernière : dimanche 28 septembre 2014Mise en scène : Diane Paulus • Chorégraphie : Mia Michaels • Avec : Courtney Balan (Miss Jones), Carolee Carmello (Mrs. du Maurier), Dana Costello (Miss Potter), Jeanna de Waal (Mary Barrie), Rory Donovan (Mr. Turpin/Sir Edward), Alex Dreier (Michael Llewelyn Davies), Aidan Gemme (Peter Llewelyn Davies), Gaelen Gilliland (Miss Bassett), Thayne Jasperson (Porthos/Dancer), Jeremy Jordan (J. M. Barrie), Laura Michelle Kelly (Sylvia Llewelyn Davies), Josh Lamon (Mr. Cromer), Michael McGrath (Charles Frohman), Melanie Moore (Servant/Peter Pan/Dancer), Mary Page Nance (Servant/Dancer), Stuart Neal (Elliot), Sawyer Nunes (George Llewelyn Davies), Emma Pfaeffle (Servant/Wendy/Dancer), Jonathan Ritter (Servant/Dancer), Tyley Ross (Lord Cannan), Julius Anthony Rubio (Dance Captain/Swing), Jaime Lynn Verazin (Dance Captain/Swing), JC Schuster (Servant/Dancer), Hayden Signoretti (Jack Llewelyn Davies), Paul Slade Smith (Mr. Henshaw), Ron Todorowski (Servant/Dancer)Commentaires : Il s'agit d'une version profondément modifiée depuis le premier Pre-Bradway Try-Out au Curve à Leicester.En savoir plus sur cette version
Finding Neverland (2015-04-Lunt Fontanne Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Original Broadway
Théâtre: Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 1 an 4 mois 1 semaine Nombre : Première Preview : dimanche 15 mars 2015Première : mercredi 15 avril 2015Dernière : dimanche 21 août 2016Mise en scène : Diane Paulus • Chorégraphie : Mia Michaels • Avec : Matthew Morrison (J.M. Barrie), Kelsey Grammer (Charles Frohman), Laura Michelle Kelly (Sylvia Llewelyn Davis), Carolee Carmello (Madame du Maurier), Teal Wicks (Mary Barrie), Alex Dreier, Hayden Signoretti, Noah Hinsdale, Chris Richards, Sawyer Nunes, Jackson DeMott Hill, et Aidan Gemme (The Llewelyn Davis children)En savoir plus sur cette version
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