Movie Man Harvey Weinstein has a dream and that dream is producing a stage version of his movie “Finding Neverland” on Broadway.
He’s announced he’s booked the major musical-friendly Lunt-Fontanne Theater (where “Motown, the Musical” currently is housed) for his show, which begin previews in March and opens April 8. The phenomenally gifted Diane Paulus will direct. (Saw her “The Donkey Show,” a musical disco-era like interpretation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in 1999 in NYC, and was blown away by its creative daring.) Paulus was nominated for the Best Director Tony Award for her revival of “Hair,” and won the award in 2013 for her revival of “Pippin.”
Weinstein is co-founder of Miramax Films and won an Academy Award for producing “Shakespeare in Love.” He’s not new to Broadway having won seven Tony Awards for producing a plays and musicals, including “The Producers,” “Billy Elliot the Musical”, and “August: Osage County.”
The stage version is based on the 2004 film about J.M. Barrie and how his obsession with a family of four boys inspired him to write the early-20th-century play “Peter Pan.” It has seen several cast changes from its first reading to its last staging at the American Repertory Theater (ART), Cambridge, Mass. (Its world premiere was in 2012 in Leicester, England.) Jeremy Jordan most recently played the Barrie role at A.R.T. Jordan is a Tony nominee for “Newsies” in a role he originated at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ.
No cast has been announced at this time.