Alfie Boe, who will play his final performance as Jean Valjean in the Broadway production of Les Misérables Feb. 28, will step into the role of J.M. Barrie in the new musical Finding Neverland beginning March 29 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
Boe will succeed Tony Award nominee Tony Yazbeck, who will play his final performance as J.M. Barrie, the writer whose relationship with a widow and her four sons inspired him to write Peter Pan, March 27.
In other casting news, the production will welcome Broadway favorite Sally Ann Triplett as Madame du Maurier (the role created by Carolee Carmello and briefly played by Sandy Duncan) March 1-May 1. Kristy Cates and Courtney Balan will alternate playing the role until Triplett's run begins.
Diane Paulus, director of Finding Neverland, said in a statement, “I have adored working with the extraordinary Tony Yazbeck, and it has been a joy having him lead our company as J.M. Barrie. It is very exciting that our next J.M. Barrie will be Alfie Boe, whose breadth of experience and enormous musical talents I know will make him a thrilling Barrie. I can’t wait to work with Alfie and to welcome him to our company at the Lunt-Fontanne."
Producer Harvey Weinstein added, “We’ve been so lucky having Tony Yazbeck, one of Broadway’s best triple threats, part of the Neverland family. And, although his limited engagement run ends next month, I’m already looking forward to reuniting with this wildly talented actor and all around great guy on future Weinstein stage and screen projects.…And who better to take over the role than Alfie Boe? Known for his exquisite tenor voice, he’s also a superb actor whom we’re thrilled to have as part of the family.”
Boe made his Broadway debut as Rodolfo in Baz Luhrmann’s acclaimed La Boheme, for which he and his co-stars received a Special Tony Award in 2003 for their performances.
The cast also includes Laura Michelle Kelly (Mary Poppins), Kelsey Grammer ("Cheers"), Teal Wicks, Jack McCarthy, Alex Dreier, Jackson Demott Hill, Christian Michael Camporin, Christopher Paul Richards and Eli Tokash.
Directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus, the musical began March 15, 2015, and officially opened April 15 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
For tickets, call Ticketmaster at (877) 250-2929. The Lunt-Fontanne box office is located at 205 West 46th Street.