New Writing Team Will Workshop Finding Neverland Musical With Diane Paulus

A revised production of Finding Neverland, directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus, will receive a 2014 workshop in New York City, according to an Equity casting notice.

Diane Paulus
Diane Paulus (Photo by Susan Lapides)

The workshop, scheduled March 10-29, 2014, reflects a new version of Finding Neverland, which features a new book and songwriting team.

The musical premiered in 2012 at the U.K.'s Curve Theatre, with a score by Tony-nominated Grey Gardens writers Scott Frankel (music) and Michael Korie (lyrics) and a book by Allan Knee, based on his play The Man Who Was Peter Pan. Rob Ashford ( Evita, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof) staged the $10 million premiere, which received mix notices.

Earlier this year, Academy and Tony Award-winning producer Harvey Weinstein brought on board U.K. pop songwriters Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy to pen a new score for Finding Neverland, which now has a book by James Graham ( This House).

It was previously reported that Finding Neverland would continue forward with contributions from the original writing team; however, Frankel, Korie and Knee are no longer billed as authors on the latest casting notice.

David Chase will serve as musical supervisor for the workshop. Paulus ( Pippin, Porgy and Bess) is the artistic director of the American Repertory Theater, which is overseeing the workshop.

The New York Times previously reported that Weinstein had enlisted Tony-winning Chicago and Pippin producer Barry Weissler to help guide Finding Neverland to Broadway. A 2014 Broadway arrival following an A.R.T. test run is a possible goal. 

A recent New York reading featured Laura Michelle Kelly, Brian d'Arcy James, Jason Alexander and Kathleen Chalfant in the leading roles.