Matthew Morrison Will Star in Broadway's Finding Neverland; New Opening Night Set

News   Matthew Morrison Will Star in Broadway's Finding Neverland; New Opening Night Set
 
Tony Award nominee and "Glee" star Matthew Morrison has been announced to portray Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie when the new musical Finding Neverland arrives on Broadway in March 2015 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. He succeeds Jeremy Jordan, who created the role in the musical's American Repertory Theater premiere last summer.

Matthew Morrison
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Morrison's casting in the starring role has been an open secret among Broadway industry members for several months. The Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actor was part of an early 2014 workshop of the musical, but was unable to repeat his performance when Finding Neverland premiered at the American Repertory Theater last summer due to his filming schedule for the last season of "Glee."

Tony Award nominee Jordan, seen in Newsies, Bonnie & Clyde and "Smash," starred as Barrie in the American Repertory Theater's pre-Broadway premiere of the musical last summer. An earlier version of the musical, which premiered in the U.K. with a different book, score and creative team, starred Julian Ovenden

Morrison is a Tony Award nominee for The Light in the Piazza, and has also appeared on Broadway in Hairspray, South Pacific, among others.

"We couldn't be more thrilled to see Matthew returning to his Broadway roots and back to the role he created in our workshop," producer Harvey Weinstein said in a statement. "He is wildly talented and a true leading man."

Performances begin March 15.  Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus (Pippin, Porgy and Bess, Hair) directs Finding Neverland, which features a score by U.K. pop songwriters Gary Barlow and Elliot Kennedy and is also based on the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee. It has a book by Olivier Award nominee James Graham (This House).

Producers also announced that Finding Neverland will open a week later than originally scheduled. Broadway opening night is now April 15.

The musical features choreography by Emmy Award winner Mia Michaels. The creative team includes scenic designer Scott Pask, costume designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb, lighting designer Kenneth Posner and sound designer Jonathan Deans.

Additional casting will be announced shortly.

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