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Don’t Miss Finding Neverland

Musical chronicles the creation of J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan


Finding Neverland, the hit 2015 Broadway musical that was first produced at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) (where it broke box office records), has returned to Boston for a limited run that ends August 20.

Inspired by the 1998 play The Man Who Was Peter Pan and the 2004 Academy Award–winning film Finding Neverland, starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, the semibiographical musical tells of how Scottish writer J. M. Barrie came to create one of the world’s most beloved fictional characters, Peter Pan. When it opens, Barrie is a down-on-his-luck playwright whose fortune suddenly changes after he meets and befriends widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies and her four sons, Peter, Jack, George, and Michael. Influenced by the boys’ escapades, Barrie creates a magical world full of pirates, children, a glowing fairy, and most famously, a boy who refuses to grow up.

The world of Neverland has captivated theatergoers since 1904, when Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, debuted in London. Barrie went on to write a novel based on the play. Considered a classic of children’s literature, Peter and Wendy was published in 1911 and has inspired countless film, stage, and television adaptations.

Finding Neverland is directed by Tony winning A.R.T. artistic director Diane Paulus, who helmed the world premiere and the Broadway production. Music and lyrics are by Gary Barlow (of British boy band Take That) and Grammy winner Eliot Kennedy, and the book is by James Graham. Billy Harrigan Tighe (Pippin, The Book of Mormon) stars as J. M. Barrie, Christine Dwyer (Wicked, Rent) costars as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, and John Davidson (Oklahoma! Foxy) plays both Charles Frohman and Captain Hook.

Finding Neverland is at the Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston, through Sunday, August 20. Tickets range from $40 to $175 and can be purchased online or by calling 866-523-7469. Find directions here.

Liz Vanderau can be reached at vanderau@bu.edu.

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