If you have seen the 2004 movie, "Finding Neverland," starring Kate Winslet and Johnny Depp, you may find that the Broadway show is relatively similar. The Broadway musical is based on the movie and it recently began rehearsals in New York City as it's set to hit the stage. On that note, new choreography, costumes, and actually seeing it live on stage, could change the entire experience.
Director Diane Paulus, a Tony award winner, has a completely different cast to play the starring roles. According to People Magazine, Paulus also brought in producer Harvey Weinstein and choreographer Mia Michaels. This past week, the cast and staff were all present for a complete reading for the first time. Paulus couldn't be more ecstatic with Kelsey Grammer (former star of 'Frasier') and Matthew Morrison (star in the hit television show, 'Glee') as part of the cast of "Finding Neverland."
"The first day of rehearsal is always a thrilling day," Paulus said, "To bring everyone together, including our extraordinary cast, led by Matthew and Kelsey, is unbelievably energizing for all of us. Off we go!"
Morrison, 36, stars as J.M. Barrie who was a playwright. Opposite him in the lead female role is Laura Michelle Kelly, 33, who plays Sylvia Llewlyn Davies. The point of "Finding Neverland" is that Barrie was inspired by Davies' four children to write the adventurous stories of Peter Pan. Kelsey Grammer plays producer Charles Frohman.
The curtain call will first come on the night of April 15. Preview performances will begin March 15, which gives the cast a little over a month to get completely comfortable with their roles. It won't be long until the magic begins and it will be quite interesting to see Grammer singing in tune along with his younger co-stars.