By Adam Hetrick
05 Jul 2012
As previously reported, Ovenden (Death Takes a Holiday) is set to star as "Peter Pan" author J.M. Barrie opposite Craig (Ragtime) as Sylvia Liewellyn Davies.
Tony and Olivier Award winner Rob Ashford (Evita, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anna Christie) will direct and choreograph the musical that runs Sept. 21-Oct. 18. It has a book by Allan Knee, based on his play of the same title, with a score by Tony Award-nominated Grey Gardens and Far From Heaven writers Scott Frankel and Michael Korie.
Finding Neverland will also include Oliver Boot as Blunt/Hook, Norman Bowman as P.G. Wodehouse, Claire Foster as Mary Barrie, Vince Leigh as Arthur Conan Doyle, Stuart Neal as Elliot, Liz Robertson as Mrs. DuMaurier and Matt Wilman as Edward Elegar.
Academy and Tony Award winner Harvey Weinstein is producing the U.K. premiere.
Here's how the musical is characterized: "With his last play a failure, James Barrie is crippled by writer's block and success seems like a far-away land. But then a chance encounter with widow Sylvia Liewellyn Davies and her four young sons sends his heart and imagination soaring, and their friendship gives birth to a magical tale that will live forever."