‘Finding Neverland’ musical to debut in London next year
London: A stage show based on the 2004 flick ‘Finding Neverland’, which explores the inspiration behind the Peter Pan character, will debut in London next year.
The producers behind Oscar winning films such as ‘The King’s Speech’, are turning their attention to London’s West End with plans for their first stage musical.
The Weinstein Company’s show, ‘Finding Neverland’, is based on their 2004 film of the same name which starred Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, tells the story of how JM Barrie’s friendship with a young family inspired Peter Pan.
It will be directed by Rob Ashford, whose last West End musical was ‘Shrek’, and whose Donmar theatre production of Anna Christie was acclaimed this year.
British actor Julian Ovenden is set to play Barrie.
“There are a handful of films Harvey [Weinstein] has worked on that seemed like they could become musicalised, and this was the best fit,” the Guardian quoted Ashford as saying.
The musical was originally planned to open in California last month, but was pulled by the Weinstein brothers Rob and Harvey, who jointly set up the company, after they decided it was not ready.
The musical will be written by Scott Frankel and Michael Korie, acclaimed on Broadway for Grey Gardens, an award-winning musical version of a cult documentary about two eccentric relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy.