Six WICKED alumni have been cast in the word premiere production of the new musical FINDING NEVERLAND, set to play at the American Repertory Theatre (ART) at Harvard University, beginning previews July 23, 2014 and closing September 28, 2014. The musical has music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and a book by James Graham. The musical is directed by Diane Paulus.
The WICKED alums performing are as follows:
– Jeanna de Waal (former Glinda – 2nd Ntl. Tour) as Mary Barrie.
– Gaelen Gilliland (former ensemble, u/s Madame Morrible – Broadway), Josh Lamon (former Boq – 1st Ntl. Tour), Jonathan Ritter (former ensemble – Broadway; former swing – San Francisco), Paul Slade Smith (former Dr. Dillamond – 1st Ntl. Tour, San Francisco; former Witch’s Father, u/s Dr. Dillamond, Wizard – 1st Ntl. Tour), and Ron Todorowski (Ensemble – Broadway) as members of the ensemble.
According to the press release, “When a faltering playwright meets a widow and her four boys in Kensington Gardens, he embarks on a friendship that inspires one of the most beloved stories of all time. Based on the Miramax film written by David Magee, Finding Neverland follows the real-life relationship between the Llewelyn Davies family and James Matthew Barrie as he writes the revolutionary 1904 play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. Staged by A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus and with music by U.K. pop sensation Gary Barlow, this new musical explores the power of imagination to open up new worlds, and the pressures put upon those worlds by the prospect of growing up.”