Kelsey Grammer Will Return to Broadway's Finding Neverland Early

News   Kelsey Grammer Will Return to Broadway's Finding Neverland Early
Emmy Award winner Kelsey Grammer, who originated the role of Captain Hook when Finding Neverland arrived on Broadway last spring, will return to the musical at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre a few days earlier than originally announced.

The stage and screen star, who had been scheduled to begin a seven-week return engagement Jan. 19, 2016, will now begin performances Jan. 15. He will continue through Feb. 21 rather than the previously announced Feb. 28.

Matthew Morrison’s final performance in Finding Neverland will be Jan. 24.

In an earlier statement Grammer said, "If one would say, I have found Neverland again, they would be correct. It is great to be back!"

"I'm sure I speak for the entire company in saying how much of a pleasure it is to welcome the brilliant and hilarious Kelsey Grammer back to Neverland," added producer Harvey Weinstein.

Director Diane Paulus added, "Kelsey is a treasure of the American theatre, and I am beyond thrilled that he will be back in Neverland with us." Grammer was scheduled to take a summer hiatus from the production, with plans for the actor to return in September. The production announced Sept. 18, however, that Terrence Mann, a veteran of Pippin, Les Misérables, Cats and more, would be the show's new villain. He began his stint in the dual roles of producer Charles Frohman and the fantastical Captain Hook Sept. 29. Australian stage star Anthony Warlow played an extended engagement in those roles as well, ending his run Sept. 27.

Best-known for his work on TV's "Cheers" and "Frasier," Grammer has been seen on Broadway in Macbeth, Othello and La Cage aux Folles.


Finding Neverland stars Matthew Morrison ("Glee," South Pacific, Light in the Piazza) as famed author J.M. Barrie, as well as Laura Michelle Kelly (Mary Poppins), Carolee Carmello (Parade), Teal Wicks, Alex Dreier, Aidan Gemme, Jackson DeMott Hill, Noah Hinsdale, Sawyer Nunes, Christopher Paul Richards and Hayden Signoretti.

Directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus, the musical began March 15 and officially opened April 15 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

Click here to read more about Morrison's return to Broadway, following a lengthy hiatus that included a hit TV show and a wedding

Based on the Academy Award-winning Miramax motion picture by David Magee, and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee, Finding Neverland "follows the relationship between playwright J. M. Barrie and the family that inspired 'Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up' – one of the most beloved stories of all time," according to press notes.

Finding Neverland features direction by Paulus (Pippin, Hair) with a book by Olivier Award nominee James Graham, music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Grammy Award winner Eliot Kennedy, and choreography by Emmy Award winner Mia Michaels ("So You Think You Can Dance").

The production features scenic design by Tony Award winner Scott Pask (Pippin, Book of Mormon), lighting design by Tony Award winner Kenneth Posner (The Coast of Utopia, Pippin), costume design by Suttirat Larlarb (Of Mice and Men) and sound design by Tony Award nominee Jonathan Deans (Pippin, La Cage aux Folles).

For tickets, call Ticketmaster at (877) 250-2929. The Lunt-Fontanne box office is located at 205 West 46th Street.


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