Friday, August 29, 2014

Finding Neverland

 Here we are 20 performances after opening Finding Neverland at the A.R.T. This is an interesting show--based on the movie of the same name-- because it was mounted once in London already, but didn't do so well, so when our producer decided to try it again here in the U.S. he brought it to Diane Paulus and a new creative team for revamping. It seems to have worked. Despite the fact that many changes will still need to be applied and worked through, this show is heading for Broadway next.

Finding Neverland is the story of how Peter Pan came to be the beloved children's tale known across the world. It features J.M. Barrie, a writer struggling with his work and his marriage, and a young family that he becomes attached to. Add a demanding-- yet inspiring-- boss, a disapproving mother, and an anxious wife, and we have quite a mixing pot of characters and turmoil for Barrie to consider. I like the interweaving of imagination and reality in this musical that shows so clearly how a creative person draws from their life for each piece of artistic expression. The music is awesome, a delight to listen to every night from backstage. And this cast is remarkable: actors and singers from Broadway, dancers from various amazing places, and 4 very talented kids. 

We have another month of performances to go here in Cambridge! Don't miss out! For more information on tickets, cast, and creative team, please visit the A.R.T. website.

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