Theater – it’s a beautiful escape. From the minute the lights go down and the curtain goes up, you’re transported to a different world. It’s a few hours of complete immersion in a make-believe world. It’s simply magical!
Get ready to be transported by Finding Neverland because this show goes way beyond simply being transported by the show. This story is actually all about suspending what you believe about life and re-examining your day to day life.
The show centers around the life of the playwright J.M. Barrie. He’s enjoyed success in the theater but is currently in a slump. His producer is demanding a hit musical and J.M. is feeling uninspired and facing writer’s block.
An afternoon spent in the park is just the beginning of a series of events that turn his life around. Full of spunk and whimsy, the four Llewelyn Davies boys remind J.M. what it’s like to see the world through the eyes of a child. The boys help him to reconnect with his imagination and to simply “let go”. And THAT allows J.M. to go on to write the story of Peter Pan.
From the opening act, I was completely “hooked”.
The cast and crew have some Cincinnati ties. Billy Harrigan-Tighe (J.M. Barrie) and Kristine Reese (Mary Barrie) are husband and wife, both onstage and off-stage! And both are CCM grads, as is ensemble member Will Ray. And the show’s hair and makeup expert, Jillian Floyd, is from the west side.
The soundtrack for Finding Neverland is one of my new favorites. Be sure to look for it on your favorite streaming service or pick up your own copy when you go to see the show.
When is it? November 7-19, 2017
Where is it? It’s playing at The Aronoff Center
Where can I get the tickets?: Finding Neverland ticket information can be found here
Is it kid friendly? Finding Neverland is the backstory to Peter Pan (which would lead one to believe it’s family friendly) but be aware that the storyline deals with the death of a parent and a broken marriage… some very adult themes. The show itself says it is “recommended for ages 7 and up”.
Disclosure: Broadway in Cincinnati is one of our site sponsors. I attended this show in Louisville as a guest of Broadway in Cincinnati.