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'Finding Neverland' is coming to Broadway

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Finding Neverland
Clive Coote

Peter Pan is having his moment right now, with the announcement of Peter Pan Live! at NBC, and now, a stage appearance of a different sort.

The New York Times reports that Finding Neverland, a new musical based on the 2004 film starring Johnny Depp, is coming to Broadway in March. The musical will follow the life of struggling playwright J.M. Barrie, who befriends widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies and her four children on his way to writing Peter Pan.

Finding Neverland marks the first time hugely successful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has led a theater production. It also has had a production history almost as fraught as one of Barrie’s plays. The musical drew mixed reviews when it opened for a trial production in 2012, leading Weinstein to scrap much of the material and call in a new creative team, including Diane Paulus, the director behind a recent revival of Pippin.

In another rare move, Weinstein negotiated to include a musical number from the play as part of the 2014 Tonys broadcast in June, before the play was announced to run on Broadway. It was performed by Jennifer Hudson, who has not been involved in production otherwise.

The current form of Finding Neverland features a score by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy. Casting for the Broadway release has not yet been announced.