The London stage premiere of Broadway musical Finding Neverland is still on the cards according to Take That’s Gary Barlow.
In an ‘Ask Gary’ post on on twitter, a fan asked when the show would finally make its West End premiere and whilst Barlow didn’t provide specific details he did say it was coming to London.
The pop infused musical explores the life of J.M. Barrie and the origin of how he came to write Peter Pan. Barlow and his writing partner Eliot Kennedy wrote the music with the book provided by a young (before he was famous) James Graham.
Graham, whose work on the production was commended, has since gone on to become one of the UK’s top playwrights with work including Quiz, Ink, This House and the forthcoming new musical with Elton John called Tammy Faye.
Directed by Diane Paulus (Waitress, Jagged Little Pill), the Broadway production opened to mixed reviews at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in 2015, running for 565 performances and grossing over $54-million dollars. The A-list cast included Matthew Morrison (Glee), Kelsey Grammer (Cheers, Fraiser) and Laura Michelle Kelly (Mary Poppins, Les Miserables).
Whilst the West End transfer has long been tipped, the mixed Broadway reviews and connection to disgraced former film producer Harvey Weinstein (the main backer for the original production) might have played a part in the delayed London premiere.
Watch this space! Finding Neverland has some lovely songs and deserves a London stage premiere.