Wednesday, October 16

Finding Neverland at Broadway Palm

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Finding Neverland, the enchanting Broadway musical, is soaring on tour and will be landing at Broadway Palm Oct. 3 through Nov. 16.
Following its run at Broadway Palm, the production will begin a cross-country tour that will also perform in Canada.
Based on the Academy Award-winning Miramax motion picture by David Magee, and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee, Finding Neverland follows the relationship between playwright J.M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up – one of the most beloved stories of all time. Diane Paulus’ Finding Neverland will have her direction recreated by Tour Director Mia Walker (who also directed Dutch Apple’s Pippin tour) and Associate Choreographer Camden Loeser.
The musical has a book by Olivier Award-nominee James Graham, music and lyrics by Gary Barlow (Take That) and Grammy Award- winner Eliot Kennedy, and original choreography by Emmy Award®-winner Mia Michaels (“So You Think You Can Dance,” Cirque du Soleil’s Delirium). Finding Neverland is packed with mesmerizing visuals, irresistible songs and plenty of laughs making it a timeless story about the power of imagination… and spectacular proof that you never really have to grow up.
The winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart,” says TIME Magazine. Finding Neverland tells the incredible story of how playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. Critics raved that Finding Neverland is “far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR) and Vogue cheered, “It’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!”
The production will star Mark Bacon as J.M. Barrie, Josephine Florence Cooper as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (the boys’ mother) and Kirk Lawrence as the producer Charles Frohman and Captain Hook. Bacon’s selected credits include Brigadoon (Tommy), Hairspray (Link), Heathers (Hipster, JD understudy), All Shook Up (Chad), and Mamma Mia! (Sky). Cooper has performed in the tours/Off-Broadway in Girls Night, La Storia Di Colapesce, Night Witches and The Dream Project. Her TV and film credits include Comedy Central and Uncanny Harbor. Lawrence has performed with the national tour of The Wizard of Oz as Professor Marvel and The Wizard, and regionally played the roles of Doc in West Side Story, Mr. Carnes in Oklahoma!, Mr. Potter in A Wonderful Life, and Todd in Sweeney Todd.
Of course, the young Davies boys are the other stars of the show. In the Broadway Palm production, the boys will be played by Brycton Archer and Canon Dobson (George), Evan Barrero and Gabriel Cruz as Jack, Caisson Dobson and Benjamin Sabo as Peter, and Ashton Heathcoat and River Reed as Michael.
Finding Neverland is produced by APEX Touring. Tickets can be reserved by calling 239-278-4422, visiting www.BroadwayPalm.com or at 1380 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers.

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