APRIL 4 – 9, 2017
Directed by visionary Tony® Award winner Diane Paulus, 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 magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. FINDING NEVERLAND is “far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR).
Rating: All Ages.
THE REVIEWS ARE IN!
“The scenic design and set changes, the lighting, sound, projections and special effects are superb. Real theater magic is made repeatedly, by director Diane Paulus and her creative team…. It reminds us to get back to our own sense of play, imagination and youthful wonder…”
“Director Diane Paulus infuses the production with a liberal sprinkling of fairy dust, particularly the magical scene where Sylvia goes off to Neverland. Jon Driscoll’s film-like projections add a cinematic dimension to the show. Mia Michaels’ eye-catching, gymnastic choreography helps the show’s fluidity and pacing. And Scott Pask’s scenery has several built-in surprises…Billy Harrigan Tigue is an attractive, solid and strong-voiced leading man as J.M. Barrie, and he’s well-matched by Christine Dwyer as Sylvia. She looks like Kate Winslet (who starred in the film version) and sings with sweetness and grace. Tom Hewitt, a La Jolla Playhouse veteran, is charmingly gruff as both the exasperated theater proprietor Charles Frohman and Barrie’s alter-ego, Captain James Hook. The corps of child actors playing Sylvia’s sons are all poised and multi-talented, particularly Colin Wheeler as George and Ben Krieger as Peter (for whom Barrie named his play).”
~ Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune