The Verdict: Critics Review Broadway-Bound Musical Finding Neverland

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14 Aug 2014

Jeremy Jordan
Jeremy Jordan
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The world-premiere musical Finding Neverland, starring Jeremy Jordan and Laura Michelle Kelly, officially opened Aug. 13 at the American Repertory Theatre. The production will arrive on Broadway this spring.

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). Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Porgy and Bess, Hair) directs the production that began performances July 23 and will continue through Sept. 28.

Finding Neverland will begin performances on Broadway in March 2015, a spokesperson for the production confirmed to Playbill.com. Additional information, including casting, venue and opening date, will be announced at a later time.

The critics have filed their reviews, and Playbill.com has collected them for our readers. Playbill.com will continue to update our list as the reviews come in.

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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, Julius Rubio, JC Schuster, Paul Slade Smith and Ron Todorowski.

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, fan designer Daniel Wurtzel, music supervisor David Chase and music director Mary-Mitchell Campbell. Orchestrations are by Simon Hale.

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