Broadway's Finding Neverland Finds Its New Leading Man

News   Broadway's Finding Neverland Finds Its New Leading Man
On the Town Tony nominee Tony Yazbeck, most recently seen in the Japan world premiere of Prince of Broadway, will succeed fellow Tony nominee Matthew Morrison as Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie in the new Broadway musical Finding Neverland.
Tony Yazbeck
Tony Yazbeck
Tony Yazbeck
Tony Yazbeck

Morrison will exit the production Jan. 24 (the former "Glee" star has landed a recurring role on CBS' "The Good Wife," according to Yazbeck is scheduled to begin performances Jan. 26.

Yazbeck, who played Tulsa in the Patti LuPone Gypsy, Al in A Chorus Line and Phil Davis in Irving Berlin's White Christmas, earned his first Tony Award nomination, as Best Actor in a Musical, for playing Gabey in the aforementioned revival of On the Town.

As previously announced, original cast member Kelsey Grammer is scheduled to return to the role of Captain Hook Jan. 19.

Directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus, Finding Neverland began previews March 15, 2015, and officially opened April 15 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

Based on the Academy Award-winning Miramax motion picture by David Magee, and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee, Finding Neverland "follows the relationship between playwright J. M. Barrie and the family that inspired 'Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up' – one of the most beloved stories of all time," according to press notes.

Finding Neverland has a book by Olivier Award nominee James Graham, music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Grammy Award winner Eliot Kennedy and choreography by Emmy Award winner Mia Michaels ("So You Think You Can Dance").

The production features scenic design by Tony Award winner Scott Pask (Pippin, Book of Mormon), lighting design by Tony Award winner Kenneth Posner (The Coast of Utopia, Pippin), costume design by Suttirat Larlarb (Of Mice and Men) and sound design by Tony Award nominee Jonathan Deans (Pippin, La Cage aux Folles).

For tickets call Ticketmaster at (877) 250-2929. The Lunt-Fontanne box office is located at 205 West 46th Street.


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