FINDING NEVERLAND presented Broadway in Cincinnati through Nov. 19. I attended the opening night performance.
FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever.
The incredibly strong and entertaining ensemble is led by Billy Harrigan Tighe who brings a beautiful voice and great physicality to the demanding role of J. M. Barrie. He shares a strong chemistry with the equally talented Lael Van Keuren as the widowed Sylvia who absolutely crushes her solo, “All That Matters.” Also very entertaining is John Davidson (yes THAT John Davidson) with a wonderful performance as theater manager Charles Frohman. Karen Murphy gives Sylvia’s mother, Mrs. du Maurier, a harsh exterior, and beautifully underplays the love she has for her daughter and grandsons. Speaking of the four young men (Connor Casey as Peter, Colin Wheeler as George, Wyatt Cirbus as Jack & Tyler Hennessy as Michael), they handled their roles incredibly well and their performance of “We’re All Made of Stars” was impressive.
Smartly directed, inventively and beautifully-staged, and uniquely choreographed, this charming and, dare I say, darling production un-cynically reminds us to embrace the child in all of us. A must-see for any Peter Pan fans.
My rating: 4.75 out of 5.
Click here for more information on the production.