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'Finding Neverland' musical dropped from world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse

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Clive Coote

The musical version of Finding Neverland, the 2004 Oscar-nominated movie inspired by Peter Pan and starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, has officially been cut from the line-up at the La Jolla Playhouse, according to a press release put out by the company. The musical was supposed to make its world premiere at the La Jolla, Calif., based theater from Nov. 8 through Dec. 11, but instead, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival production of the musical Jesus Christ Superstar (running Nov. 18 through Dec. 31) directed by Des McAnuff will take its place.

The theater said that pulling the plug on Finding Neverland was the decision of Weinstein Live Entertainment, which was producing for La Jolla Playhouse. “While our partner for Finding Neverland, Weinstein Live Entertainment, elected not to go forward with the planned production at the Playhouse, it has given us the opportunity to share Des McAnuff’s stunning revival of Jesus Christ Superstar with our audiences,” said Christopher Ashley, the La Jolla Playhouse’s artistic director.

All is not lost for the planned musical version of Finding Neverland, though: The Los Angeles Times reports that Weinstein is planning to workshop the show in New York, although no dates have been set yet.

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