January 2017 sees Gary Barlow’s first original score Finding Neverland have its West End premiere at a venue yet to be confirmed. However, not having a actual theatre to perform in has not stopped the rumour mill of possible stars with Alfie Boe featuring high on the list to play the part of J M Barrie – having finished his Broadway commitment in Les Miserables in at the end of next February.
Based on the Oscar winning 2004 film, Finding Neverland had its UK premiere back in 2012 at the Leicester Curve. Since then, London theatre audiences have been waiting with baited breath as reports of it’s arrival have come and gone during the last 4 years. It did, however, open on Broadway with Glee star Matthew Morrison taking on the role of Peter Pan creator J M Barrie. Morrison is also one of the names being talked about to reprise his role in the newUK production.
Finding Neverland tells the story of James Barrie’s meeting with Sylvia Llewelyn Davies and her four children – Jack, George, Michael and Peter. Barrie’s study of the mad-cap antics of the children give him the basis of the novel about a boy who never grew up and Peter Pan was born.
Multi award-winning songwriters Gary Barlow and Grammy Award® winner Eliot Kennedy have written a breathtaking new musical packed with mesmerising visuals, plenty of laughs and over a dozen original songs.