The familiar story of playwright J.M. Barrie and his Peter Pan finds its unique magic in the music of Finding Neverland. In Barrie’s classic, within one fantastic story lies the secrets of the heart of the author. The cast of Finding Neverland brings that story to stage both wondrously and believably so.
Jeff Sullivan is an exuberantly creative J.M. Barrie to Ruby Gibbs’ lovely Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, the widow with her four sons who inspired playwright J.M. Barrie to write Peter Pan. Conor McGriffin is in the double role of the director of the Duke of York Theater, Charles Frohman and as the infamous fictional but very real Captain James Hook. In both roles, he keeps after Barrie to finish the play. Emmanuelle Zeesman is Mrs. DuMaurier, Sylvia’s mother, and the concerned grandmother of the boys—Jack, Michael, George and Peter—who are played on alternate performances by Brody Bett, Seth Erdley, Caleb Reese Paul,Paul Schoeller, Josiah Smother and Ethan Stokes.
Peter Pan has inspired not only many shows and movies, but a syndrome, and even peanut butter and a bus line. There is soon to be a new production coming to the Shakespeare Theatre this year for Christmas. But first now at The NATIONAL THEATRE, WASHINGTON, DC to MARCH 3, 2019.