“Finding Neverland” has found its leading man.
“Glee” star Matthew Morrison will take on the role of “Peter Pan” scribe J.M. Barrie in the new musical “Finding Neverland.” Based on Allan Kee’s play “The Man Who Was Peter Pan” and the 2004 Johnny Depp film, the show will begin previews on March 15 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Opening night is set for April 15.
“Finding Neverland” marks a return to Broadway for Morrison, who hasn’t appeared on the Great White Way since “Glee” began in 2009. He previously starred in the 2008 revival of “South Pacific,” and the original casts of “Hairspray” and “The Light at the Piazza” — for which he was nominated for a 2005 Tony Award.
Directed by Diane Paulus (“Pippin”), “Finding Neverland” follows the relationship between J.M. Barrie and the family that inspired “Peter Pan.” Music and lyrics come from Take That singer Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy. “So You Think You Can Dance” judge Mia Michaels provides choreography.
This isn’t the first time Morrison has played Barrie. He previously took on the role during an early workshop. Jeremy Jordan (“Newsies”) played the role during its out-of-town tryout at Boston’s American Repertory Theater this past summer.