Finding Neverland opened to a highly enthusiastic crowd at the Cincinnati Aronoff Center Tuesday night as part of Fifth Third Broadway Cincinnati series and continues until November 19th. This story tells the behind the scenes events that lead to the creation of Peter Pan is one of the greatest fictional works of all time. A written work that has been expressed in movies, plays, and in pop culture. It has inspired the imaginations of children as well as adults for many years with fascinating adventures, that had pirates, fairies, mermaids, and Indians. Peter the little boy who didn’t want to grow up but instead wished for each day to be new, bold and fun filled with happiness, and joy.
In the story Finding Neverland you get to look at the world J.M. Barrie a successful playwright. He was seeking freedom from what his life had become mundane, complicated and stressful to recapture his youthful spirit he had as a kid. His written works had become or repetitive, ordinary and without passion, it that didn’t matter to Charles Frohman as long as he could fill the sits in the theatre. The actors didn’t care what works they performed as long as they got their paychecks. His wife Mary Barrie just wanted to be to the center of attention and society whether James was content or happy was none of her concern. James’s life started to show sparks of life again when he met Sylvia Llewelyn Davies and her boys. The creative juices began to flow as well as the drama in everyone’s lives.
Notable music selections included: My Imagination, Neverland, Believe, Play, Circle of Your Mind and Finale. All the music was captivating and enchanting.
The cast was splendid and did a remarkable job.
Special accolades for the following:
Billy Harrigan Tighe as J.M. Barrie he was brilliant hitting every sentiment perfectly. In addition to Finding Neverland, he has been in several other national productions such as The Book of Mormon, Pippin, and Wicked.
John Davidson as Charles Frohman and Captain Hook. He brought the coldness of the characters out nicely and mixed with light-hearted jesting. His Broadway shows have included State Fair, Foxy, and Oklahoma.
Kristine Reese as Mary Barrie, She was Icy, egotistical, and cunning well played on all counts. She has been in several national productions including Pippin, Momma Mia, and Wicked.
Lael Van Keuren as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, love interest of Mr. Barrie and mother of the boys’ she showed concern for everyone except herself. This performance was above the mark. She has previously been the national production of Sister Act as well as various regional shows.
This is an excellent production a show not to miss it will make you not only think about Peter Pan but your own life. More information on the show is available at http://www.cincinnatiarts.com