Jeremy Jordan (Smash) and Laura Michelle Kelly (Mary Poppins) will lead the cast of the new musical Finding Neverland when it has its world premiere at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Directed by Diane Paulus and featuring a score by Gary Barlow and Elliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham, the production runs from July 23-September 28.
Inspired by the film of the same title starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, Finding Neverland explores the friendship between faltering playwright J.M. Barrie (Jordan) and Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (Kelly), a widowed mother of four boys, and how that relationship inspired Barrie to write his beloved Peter Pan stories.
The principal cast will also include Roger Bart as Charles Frohman, Carolee Carmello as Madame du Maurier, Jeanna de Waal as Mary Barrie, Aidan Gemme as Peter, Alex Dreier as Michael, Sawyer Nunes as George, and Hayden Signoretti as Jack. The ensemble is made up of 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, J.C. Schuster, Paul Slade Smith, and Ron Todorowski.
On the creative team are Mia Michaels (choreography), Scott Pask (scenic design), Suttirat Larlarb (costume design), Philip Rosenberg (lighting design), Jonathan Deans (sound design), Gilles Papain (projection design), Daniel Wurtzel (fan design), David Chase (musical supervisor), Mary-Mitchell Campbell (musical director), and Simon Hale (orchestrations).
Finding Neverland premiered, in a different production, at the Curve Theatre in Leicester, London, with a score by Scott Frankel and Michael Korie and a book by Allan Knee, who wrote the film's screenplay. After mixed reviews, an expected West End transfer was nixed, and the creative team, which also included director Rob Ashford, was overhauled.