Finding Neverland
A.R.T. Season
July 23, 2014 - September 28, 2014
A world premiere musical!
Book by James Graham | Music and Lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy
Directed by Diane Paulus | Choreography by Mia Michaels
Based on the 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. Staged by A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus with music by U.K. pop sensation Gary Barlow (Take That) and choreography by Emmy Award-winner Mia Michaels ("So You Think You Can Dance"), this new musical explores the power of imagination to open up new worlds, and the pressures put upon those worlds by the inevitability of growing up. Finding Neverland is presented by the A.R.T. by special arrangement with Harvey Weinstein..


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Creative team
Book James Graham
Music and Lyrics

Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy

Director Diane Paulus
Choreography Mia Michaels
Scenic Design Scott Pask
Costume Design Suttirat Larlarb
Lighting Design Philip S. Rosenberg
Sound Design Jonathan Deans
Projection Designer Gilles Papain
Air Sculptor Daniel Wurtzel
Illusions Paul Kieve
Music Supervisor David Chase
Orchestrations Simon Hale
Vocal Designer AnnMarie Milazzo
Music Director/Conductor Mary-Mitchell Campbell
Associate Music Director David Gardos
Associate Director Nancy Harrington
Casting Telsey + Company
Production Stage Manager Chris Zaccardi
Miss Jones Courtney Balan
Mrs. du Maurier Carolee Carmello
Miss Potter Dana Costello
Mary Barrie Jeanna de Waal
Mr. Turpin/Sir Edward Rory Donovan
Michael Llewelyn Davies Alex Dreier
Peter Llewelyn Davies Aidan Gemme
Miss Bassett Gaelen Gilliland
Porthos/Dancer Thayne Jasperson
J. M. Barrie Jeremy Jordan
Sylvia Llewelyn Davies Laura Michelle Kelly
Mr. Cromer Josh Lamon
Charles Frohman Michael McGrath
Servant/Peter Pan/Dancer Melanie Moore
Servant/Dancer Mary Page Nance
Elliot Stuart Neal
George Llewelyn Davies Sawyer Nunes
Servant/Wendy/Dancer Emma Pfaeffle
Servant/Dancer Jonathan Ritter
Lord Cannan Tyley Ross
Dance Captain/Swing Julius Anthony Rubio, Jaime Lynn Verazin
Servant/Dancer JC Schuster
Jack Llewelyn Davies Hayden Signoretti
Mr. Henshaw Paul Slade Smith
Servant/Dancer Ron Todorowski
Bari Sax/Clarinet/Bass Clarinet Bob Bowlby
Trombone/Bass Trombone/Euphonium Peter Cirelli
Violin/Viola Emily Dahl
Flute/Piccolo/Alto Flute/Penny Whistle Peggy Friedland
Trumpet/Cornet/Flugelhorn/Piccolo Trumpet/Musical Contractor Rick Hammett
Keyboard Sub/Rehearsal Piano Tom Hojnacki
Acoustic/Electric Bass Greg Holt
Guitar Scotty Johnson
Keyboard Tom Lamark
Violin Tara Novak
Drums Vinny Pagano
Percussion/Drums Nate Tucker
Synthesizer Programming

Jeff Marder and Jim Jaywardena

Additional staff
Assistant Stage Manager Sharika Niles, Raynelle Wright
Assistant Director Mia Walker
Assistant Choreographer Jaime Lynn Verazin

Christian Ronald

Hair and Wig Desinger Charles G. LaPointe
Associate Scenic Designer

Orit Jacoby Carroll

Assistant Scenic Designers

Jeff Hinchee, Jerome Martin

Associate Costume Designer

Martin Schnellinger

Assistant Costume Designer

Elizabeth Donelan

Associate Lighting Designer

Joel Shier

Moving Light Programmer

Alex Fogel

Lighting Design Fellow

Laura Hildebrand

Associate Sound Designer

Brian Hsieh

Assistant Projection Designer

Marie Jumelin

Video Supervisor and Programmer Matthew Houstle
Dialect Coach Dawn-Elin Fraser
Music Assistants

Haley Bennett, Ian Weinberger

Production Assistant

Sammi Cannold

Child Wranglers

Taylor Adamik, Stephanie Holmes


Makulumy Alexander-Hills, Stanford University ’16, Music
Garrett Allen, Harvard University ’16, Stage Management**
Michelle Betts, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts*
Grace Brakeman, Dana Hall High School ’15, Artistic
Christopher Conway, Amherst College '18, Props
Christabel Fry, Western Australian Academy of Performing Art*
Matthew Good, Boston College ’14, Sound
Megan Jones, Harvard University ’16, Directing**
Ally Kiley, Harvard University ’15, Choreography**
Cei Lambert, Colorado State University MFA ’15, Costumes
Kimiko Matsuda-Lawrence, Harvard University ’16, Music**
Max McGillivray, Harvard University ’16, Stage Management**
Sam Pottash, Harvard University ’16, Music**
Jacob Stepansky, Harvard University ’17, Stage Management**
Florence Tudgay, De Montfort University ’15, UK, Costumes
Corey Webster, Nomad Two Worlds Foundation, Sound
Mallory Weiss, Harvard University ’15, Dramaturgy**
Susanna Wolk, Harvard University ’14, Directing

**With support from the Harvard University Office of Career Services
*The Jackman Furness Foundation for the Performing Arts (JFFPA) and the Minderoo Foundation

It’s always a tricky and risky proposition to adapt a beloved film into something else, but that’s what’s happening at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, where “Finding Neverland” is being transformed into a musical.

Paulus’s mantra is to “expand the boundaries of theater,” and this production is part of that goal. “It is set in 1904, but it is keyed in to Barrie’s imagination, and the imagination is timeless,” she says. More

Best known for his Tony-nominated turn in Broadway's Newsies and his role on the NBC series Smash, Jordan will star as Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie.... The story follows Barrie's developing relationship with the family that inspired his most famous fictional character. More

“It's exhausting,” says Jordan. “It's demanding in all sorts of ways. The first act is physically demanding. The second act is more emotionally demanding. And then you figure that I'm onstage for almost the entire show – I leave for only about seven minutes total.” More

Contemporary audiences will have the chance to experience some of that wonder this summer when the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) recaptures the spirit of the boy who would never grow up in its premiere of “Finding Neverland.” The new musical, about the real-life genesis of Barrie’s groundbreaking work, runs from July 23 through Sept. 28.

Graham shares what audiences can expect from the highly anticipated A.R.T. production. More

The artistic director of the American Repertory Theater thinks theater should be more like a rock concert.

Press Releases

Original Release: June 2, 2014 Revised June 10, 2014 Contact: Kati Mitchell 617.495.2668     American Repertory Theater Presents The World Premiere of the Musical FINDING... More

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Need to know

Finding Neverland is recommended for grades 2 and up due to the themes of loss and grief and use of special effects in the show.


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 ASL Dates: 

Sep. 9, 7:30PM
Sep. 14, 2:00PM


 Audio Described Dates: 

Sep. 10, 7:30PM*
Sep. 13, 2:00PM*

*Touch tour 1 hour prior


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Post-performance discussions will take place after the following matinee performances:
8/16, 8/20, 8/23, 8/27, 8/30, 9/3, 9/6, 9/10, 9/13, 9/17*, 9/20, 9/24, 9/27

*Please note, this is an 11AM Student Matinee performance

Performance sponsors:

Linda Hammett and Andy Ory

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