Alfie Boe Takes His First Bow as J.M. Barrie in Broadway's Finding Neverland
Alfie Boe made his Broadway return as he joined the cast of Finding Neverland at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on March 29. He takes over the role of J.M. Barrie from Tony Yazbeck, who played his final performance on March 27.
In addition to his recent appearance as Jean Valjean in the Broadway revival of Les Misérables, Boe has been seen on Broadway as Rodolfo in Baz Luhrmann's La Bohème, for which he and his costars received a special Tony Award in 2003 for their performances. He also performed in the Les Misérables 25th anniversary concert at London's O2 Arena in 2010 and played a sold-out six-month engagement as Valjean in the original West End production at the Queen's Theatre.
With a score by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham, Finding Neverland explores the friendship of playwright J.M. Barrie and Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, a widowed mother whose four boys inspired the beloved Peter Pan stories. It is based on the 2004 film of the same title, which itself was based on Allan Knee's play The Man Who Was Peter Pan.
Directed by Diane Paulus, Finding Neverland opened April 15 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre after a 2014 tryout run at the American Repertory Theater.