I love a good Broadway musical. Any chance I get to see a musical anytime, anyplace I will take it and savor it. My kids also love the arts (shocker, right?). After all, they are my kids. So when we were New York City bound this summer, it seemed a shame to not take them to see their first Broadway musical. They’ve seen plenty of shows, whether they be small local plays or musicals, local children’s theatre productions touring companies, or other productions. I’d heard nothing but great things about the new musical “Finding Neverland” with music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy, which tells the story of how Peter Pan came to be. The show opened in March at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and headlines Matthew Morrison, Laura Michelle Kelly, and Anthony Warlow.
Finding something that all three girls and my surly pre-teen boy would all enjoy could pose a challenge, but I had a feeling this show would do just that. (Honestly I knew they would all love something like “Wicked,” but since it’s touring, I wanted something that I couldn’t see back in Portland, OR.) We looked up some video clips and they all seemed intrigued, so I pulled the trigger and bought five tickets for the orchestra section (thank you American Express for great seats at a discounted price as a perk for card holders).
“Finding Neverland” did not disappoint. It was mesmerizing. The show was incredible. Matthew Morrison commands the stage. Simply put, he was born to be on stage. The entire cast was truly excellent. We laughed, we cried. The story draws you in, wraps you up, and will make you cry. The cast makes you feel like you are part of a family; for the length of the show you are a part of the story, brought back in time and performance will leave you with chills, wanting more. Phenomenal. And the children that are a part of the cast, such as Aidan Gemme who plays Peter. He’s such a talented 12-year-old boy. My girls were so excited to wait for him after the show and meet him and get an autograph and photo with him. And my BFF since I was a child has a friend, Dana, who's in the show and she came out and chatted with us for awhile. (They waited for Matthew, too, and we sooooo disappointed when he only signed autographs for part of the group waiting after the show after they waited for nearly 90 minutes. C’est la vie.)
If you have the opportunity to see the show and you like musicals, we all recommend seeing “Finding Neverland.” It’s bound to be a TONY-Award winning musical. Just incredible. We all loved it. We pre-ordered the Finding Neverland (Original Broadway Cast Album) that night while we waited for cast autographs (which is now available for download or as a CD) and we listen to it often. Generally if we get in the car, it's the first thing my girls ask to listen to these days.