Tony Yazbeck to Replace Matthew Morrison in “Finding Neverland”

Robin Marchant

Tony nominee Tony Yazbeck ("On the Town") will replace "Glee" alum Matthew Morrison in the role of "Peter Pan" scribe J.M. Barrie in the musical "Finding Neverland."

Yazbeck will begin performances at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Jan. 26. Morrison’s final performance in the role he originated on Broadway will be on Jan. 24.

Before he leaves, Morrison will once again get to share the stage with Emmy-winner Kelsey Grammer ("Frasier"), who returns from a temporary leave to the show — and the role of Captain Hook — on Jan. 26. Grammer’s run this time in "Neverland" is expected to last seven weeks.

"Tony is a ‘triple threat’ — he can do it all, and this makes him a perfect fit for the demands of the role of J.M. Barrie," director Diane Paulus ("Pippin," "Hair") said in a statement. "I can’t wait to work with him!"

Despite being completely shut out of the 2015 Tony nominations and opening to a mixed critical reception, "Finding Neverland" has remained a box office success, grossing a whopping $1,477,174 in the week ending Jan. 3, according to figures reported by the Broadway League.

Adapted from the 2004 Oscar-winning film of the same name by bookwriter James Graham, "Finding Neverland" features a score from Take That's Gary Barlow and Grammy-winner Eliot Kennedy. "So You Think You Can Dance" Emmy-winner Mia Michaels choreographs.

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