Finding Neverland, Starring Jeremy Jordan and Laura Michelle Kelly, Opens Tonight at A.R.T.

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13 Aug 2014

Jeremy Jordan
Jeremy Jordan
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Jeremy Jordan and Laura Michelle Kelly star in the Broadway-aimed, world-premiere musical Finding Neverland, which officially opens Aug. 13 at the American Repertory Theater under the direction of Tony Award winner Diane Paulus.

Based on the 2004 Miramax film about Peter Pan playwright J.M. Barrie, the new version of the musical has a score by U.K. pop songwriters Gary Barlow and Elliot Kennedy, with a book by James Graham (This House). A previous incarnation of the musical, which featured a score by Tony nominees Scott Frankel and Michael Korie, received a 2012 U.K. premiere.

The new staging of Finding Neverland, which Paulus (Pippin, Porgy and Bess) has been developing over the past year, features choreography by Emmy Award winner Mia Michaels. Academy Award-winning producer Harvey Weinstein is shepherding the project, which is aiming for a future Broadway life.

Finding Neverland began previews July 23 in Cambridge, MA. Performances continue through Sept. 28.

Tony nominee Jordan (Bonnie & Clyde, Newsies, "Smash") plays Barrie opposite Olivier Award winner Kelly (Mary Poppins) as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies.



The cast also features Tony Award nominee Carolee Carmello as Madame du Maurier, Jeanna de Waal as Mary Barrie, Tony winner Michael McGrath as Charles Frohman/Captain Cook, along with Aidan Gemme as Peter, Alex Dreier as Michael, Sawyer Nunes as George and Hayden Signoretti as Jack.

The Finding Neverland ensemble includes Courtney Balan, Dana Costello, Rory Donovan, Gaelen Gilliland, Thayne Jasperson, Josh Lamon, Melanie Moore, Mary Page Nance, Stuart Neal, Emma Pfaeffle, Jonathan Ritter, Tyley Ross, JC Schuster, Paul Slade Smith, Ron Todorowski, Julius Anthony Rubio and Jaime Lynn Verazin.

According to A.R.T., "When a playwright meets a widow and her four boys in Kensington Gardens, he embarks on a friendship that inspires one of the most beloved stories of all time. Based on the Miramax film by David Magee, Finding Neverland follows the real-life relationship between James Matthew Barrie and the Llewelyn Davies family that inspired the revolutionary 1904 play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, one of the most beloved stories of all time."

The creative team includes scenic designer Scott Pask, costume designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb, lighting designer Philip Rosenberg, sound designer Jonathan Deans, projection designer Gilles Papain, air sculptor Daniel Wurtzel, illusions by Paul Kieve, music supervisor David Chase, music director Mary-Mitchell Campbell, vocal designer AnnMarie Milazzo and orchestrator Simon Hale.

For further information, call (617) 547-8300 or visit AmericanRepertoryTheater.org.