By Adam Hetrick
07 Jun 2013
|Photo by Susan Lapides|
Academy Award-winning producer Harvey Weinstein is shepherding the musical that premiered last fall at the Curve Theatre in Leicester, U.K. The production is based on the Academy Award-nominated 2004 film of the same title.
Finding Neverland premiered with a book by Allan Knee, based on his play The Man Who Was Peter Pan, with a score by Tony Award-nominated Grey Gardens and Far From Heaven writers Scott Frankel and Michael Korie.
Barlow, an "X Factor" judge and a member of the band Take That, has penned five new songs for Finding Neverland that will join Frankel and Korie's score, according to a report in the Daily Mail. Olivier Award-nominated playwright Graham (This House) is reported to have rewritten much of Knee's original book for the musical.
Weinstein has also enlisted Tony Award-nominated Pippin director Diane Paulus to take over the creative reins. Tony Award winner Rob Ashford (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Evita) staged the Leicester premiere.
Weinstein is now hoping for a spring 2014 bow in the West End. A concept album, which is in the works to be recorded this fall, will be released late this year or in early 2014.