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Finding Neverland Chooses Its Broadway Home

The new musical will take up prime real estate on 46th Street.

Laura Michelle Kelly (center) and Jeremy Jordan (right) lead the cast of the new musical Finding Neverland at the American Repertory Theater.
(© Evgenia Eliseeva)

The new musical Finding Neverland will play Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre beginning in March 2015, with an official opening on April 8, producers have announced. The production, directed by Diane Paulus, played a pre-Broadway tryout run at the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Inspired by the 2004 film of the same title, Finding Neverland explores the friendship between faltering playwright J.M. Barrie and Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, a widowed mother of four boys, and how that relationship inspired Barrie to write his beloved Peter Pan stories.

Jeremy Jordan played Barrie, and Laura Michelle Kelly played Davies in the A.R.T. production. They were joined by Michael McGrath 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. Casting for the Broadway run will be announced shortly.

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).