Finding Neverland Musical Cast to Feature Liz Robertson, Norman Bowman, Clare Foster and More
By Adam Hetrick
Additional casting has been announced for the world premiere of the new musical Finding Neverland, which will star Julian Ovenden and Rosalie Craig and will debut in September at the Curve Theatre in Leicester, U.K.
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.
Completing the cast are Michelle Rancis, Frankie Jenna, Julie Jupp, Gary Watson, Stephen Webb, Zoe Rainey, Harry Polden, Corey Wickendon, Connor Fitzgerald, Worrall Courtney, Edward Bracey, Connor Phillips, Garrett Tennant, Jamieson Hughes, Theo Fewell, Josh Swinney, Harrison Slater and Morgan Heath.
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."
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