Three-time Tony nominee Marc Kudisch will step into the dual roles of Charles Frohman and Captain James Hook — the parts created by Emmy winner Kelsey Grammer — in Broadway's Finding Neverland, the story of how Peter became Pan, beginning April 12.
As previously announced, ensemble member Paul Slade Smith will play both roles until Kudisch begins.
Producer Harvey Weinstein said in a statement, “I’m so looking forward to what Marc will bring to the roles and to the show. He is one of our best performers, with a comedic range that’s especially remarkable. And that voice! The pairing of Marc alongside our new J.M. Barrie Alfie Boe and the lovely Laura Michelle Kelly will make for a spectacular evening of musical theatre.”
Director Diane Paulus added, “I've long admired Marc’s work on stage. I am so excited for this opportunity to work with him on Finding Neverland, and I know he will make an unforgettable Frohman / Hook!”
Kudisch's 12 Broadway shows include Tony-nominated roles in 9 to 5, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Thoroughly Modern Millie. He was last on Broadway in the award-winning comedy Hand to God.
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,” according to press notes.
Finding Neverland features direction by Diane Paulus (Pippin, Hair) with a book by Olivier Award nominee James Graham, music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Grammy Award winner Eliot Kennedy, and choreography by Emmy Award winner Mia Michaels ("So You Think You Can Dance").
The production also has scenic design by Tony Award winner Scott Pask (Pippin, Book of Mormon), lighting design by Tony Award winner Kenneth Posner (The Coast of Utopia, Pippin), costume design by Suttirat Larlarb (Of Mice and Men) and sound design by Tony Award nominee Jonathan Deans (Pippin, La Cage aux Folles).
For tickets, call Ticketmaster at (877) 250-2929. The Lunt-Fontanne box office is located at 205 West 46th Street.