On Broadway: Finding Neverland

Believe the hype, Finding Neverland was magical! This musical is a type of precursor to Peter Pan, explaining how the playwright “Mr. Barrie” dreamed up the epochal tale. Hailed by many reviewers as one of the best/must-see musicals on Broadway, the show did not disappoint.

Dressed to the nines, we entered the bustling Theater District on a Saturday night, my friend Katie and I made our way to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Previous to taking our place in line, we enjoyed some delicious pizza at Don Antonio and then gelato at Amorino.

We stood on 46th street waiting eagerly for the doors to open at 7:30. The crowd buzzed with excitement and finally we were let in to take our seats. Sitting in the mezzanine, we had an ample, unobstructed view of the entire stage.

Without giving too much away, I will just say that I thoroughly enjoyed the show. I had not seen the movie or even heard of the musical (hey, I am not a city girl). With that said, I was enamored with the performances and the music. Kelsey Grammar had a limited engagement to play Charles Frohman/Captain James Hook. What a treat – perhaps even a hilarious Cheers reference thrown into the script for good measure.

Another favorite was Laura Michelle Kelly, who played Sylvia Llewelyn Davies. Her voice rang like a bell, reverberating joyously throughout the theater. I must also mention the young actors, they were a pleasure to watch.

This was my second experience seeing a Broadway show, and Finding Neverland was a terrific part deaux to my musical/theater education. A beautiful and moving story, a must-see if you have the chance!

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