Matthew Morrison and Laura Michelle Kelly Set for Finding Neverland Musical Workshop

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Tony Award nominee Matthew Morrison will star as J.M. Barrie in a workshop of the revised stage adaptation of the new musical Finding Neverland, the New York Times reports.

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According to the Times, Morrison ("Glee," South Pacific, The Light in the Piazza, Hairspray) is preparing to take on the role of Barrie in an upcoming March workshop of the musical. The Daily Mail reports that he will be joined by Laura Michelle Kelly (Mary Poppins), who participated in previous workshops of the musical. previously reported about the 10-29 presentation that will be directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Hair, Porgy and Bess). The new incarnation features a new book and songwriting team.

Paulus is the artistic director of the American Repertory Theater, which is overseeing the workshop. A full production of Finding Neverland will likely premiere at the A.R.T. later this summer. Producers are aiming for a London bow next winter, prior to a Broadway arrival during the 2015-16 season.

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).

David Chase will serve as musical supervisor for 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.

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