Gary Barlow has spoken again about his musical version of Finding Neverland – which may still make it to the UK stage, or even the West End, in Summer 2025.
The pop musical explores the life of J.M. Barrie and the origins of how he came to write Peter Pan.
In a new podcast – P&O Cruises Official Podcast “Hart to Heart” – Gary Barlow spoke about a new production of Finding Neverland, telling host Amy Hart that the show was coming back to the stage in summer 2025, although he didn’t talk about any specific venue or timeline.
Amy Hart asked: “The first question, it plays my mind a lot, it’s a big part of my life every time I go on my Spotify, and that is when is Finding Neverland coming to the West End? [It] is one of my favorite musicals of all time, I saw it on Broadway, I cried a little bit from 10 minutes in until 10 minutes before the end, and then open-mouth ugly cried for the last 10 minutes! It makes it onto my Spotify top 100 every year.”
Barlow said: “It was years of my life writing that musical, and it was a lot of blood, sweat and tears, but it was worth it because I’d never experienced that before, to sit and watch actors and actresses do your work on stage and watch an audience be emotional to it. It was absolutely wonderful. So in answer to your question – summer 2025.”
He went on to say: “I’m not going to tell you where or even when. I cannot wait to bring it back into my life”.
Finding Neverland is based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name, which in turn was adapted from a 1998 play by Allan Knee called “The Man Who Was Peter Pan”.
Back in 2021 Gary also teased a possible West End production for the show, telling a fan on Twitter that “it’s coming”!
The Broadway production in 2015 starring Matthew Morrison (Glee), Kelsey Grammer (Cheers, Fraiser) and Laura Michelle Kelly (Mary Poppins, Les Miserables), and directed by Diane Paulus (Waitress, Jagged Little Pill), wasn’t a huge success, opening to mixed reviews at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and only running for 565 performances.