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In a clubscape that can feel highly fragmented, where night owls tend to find their micro-scene and stick to it, The Donkey Show at Oberon achieves the impossible: blurring every last social boundary with a scandalous amount of glittery skin and thumping disco anthems that thrust every gamine hip into reimagining Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the bacchanalia’s loosely insinuated theme.
Think of: Fred Savage, from his “Wonder Years” days. Aidan has the same fresh-scrubbed innocence. But his dancing-singing-acting chops are reminiscent of another former child star, Neil Patrick Harris.
ART.'s artistic director will no doubt add to the string of Tony Awards she already wears on her belt.
Don’t come to “Finding Neverland” expecting to see Peter Pan and Wendy flying through the air. Director Diane Paulus and the other creators of the new musical are after a more earthbound kind of magic.
“Neverland” has a fair shot at becoming the kind of show that children drag their parents to. ... “Neverland” occupies its own niche, built on a blend of 21st-century easy-listening uplift, some timelessly inventive stagecraft and sentiments that would be unlikely to make even a delicate Victorian lady blush.
Barrie’s close relationship with family friend Sylvia Llewelyn Davies and her four sons, who inspired his work on Peter Pan, lies at the core of the play.
Suttirat Larlarb knows big. The costume designer for film and theater is accustomed to working with giant personalities on huge stages for producers with enormous expectations.
For Gary Barlow, walking around the streets of Cambridge is a refreshing experience. Here, he’s Gary Barlow, co-songwriter for the American Repertory Theater’s new musical, “Finding Neverland.” But back home in the U.K., he’s Gary Barlow, founding member of the massively popular ‘90s boy band Take That.
WBUR/ARTery: Screen-To-Stage: ‘Finding Neverland’ Transforms Into A Musical At The A.R.T. (July 25, 2014)
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.