“Finding Neverland,” will be the fifth production La Jolla Playhouse’s 2011-12 season, with book by Allan Knee, score by the “Grey Gardens” writing team of Scott Frankel (music) and Michael Korie (lyrics), and direction and choreography by Tony Award winner Rob Ashford (“Cry-Baby,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie”). The show is slated for a December staging with tickets going on sale in the summer.
“The addition of this new musical enhances our already astonishing season – now featuring three world premieres,” said Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley. “We’re delighted to bring back to the Playhouse Rob Ashford, one of the most sought-after directors on Broadway, as well as welcome this new, award-winning creative team to the Playhouse family. It gives us great pride to serve as a home for these acclaimed artists, offering the resources, support and freedom to go wherever their passion leads them, as part of our steadfast commitment to the development of new work.”
In “Finding Neverland,” the pressure is on for Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie – his last play was an abysmal failure and his career is threatened by crippling writers block. With his deadline fast approaching and an impertinent producer hounding him, a chance meeting in a London park with a woman and her spirited young boys provides just the inspiration he needs.
Based on the 2004 Academy Award-nominated film – which in turn was adapted from librettist Allan Knee’s play, “The Man Who Was Peter Pan,” this musical tells the story of the real boys who inspired a literary masterpiece.