That this year's Broadway premier of the musical version of the Johnny Depp-fueled movie "Finding Neverland" didn't receive a single Tony Award nomination is nothing short of a travesty. Especially seeing that the awards show saw fit to feature a number from the production in this year's telecast.
We experienced the musical earlier this week in New York City...and it was every bit as magical as its premise: the story behind how playwright J.M. Barrie concocted the characters and story line for his mesmerizing "Peter Pan."
Michael Morrison ("Glee") was solid as J.M. Barrie. Kelsey Grammer's absence in the role of "Hook" was barely noticed with a stellar rendition by the amazing Terrance Mann, in only his second performance with the company. And, Amy Yakima ("So You Think You Can Dance") simply radiated as the effervescent Pan. The players that make up the ragtag cast set to perform Barrie's grand experiment are often hilarious. And, the choreographry of Mia Michaels was sensational.
If you're in (or are planning to visit) the New York City area over the next few months, treat yourself to a wonderful experience. "Finding Neverland" (like "Notre Dame de Paris") is one of those rare musicals that, I fear, will fall by the wayside when it should have run for years.
Like saying you believe in fairies to save Tink, you need to see this show to prove that this production needs to go on and on.
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