Oscar and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson, who has previously admitted to dreaming of appearing on Broadway, will sing a number from new tuner Finding Neverland on this year’s Tony telecast on June 8. The Oscar winner tweeted: “So excited! I’ll be performing a song from the upcoming musical Finding Neverland @TheTonyAwards.”
Hudson won her Oscar for Dreamgirls. Her additional film and TV credits include American Idol, Sex and the City, The Secret Life of Bees, Winnie Mandela, The Three Stooges, Smash and Black Nativity. She won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album for 2008's Jennifer Hudson.
Finding Neverland will play a limited engagement this summer at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, starring Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan as J.M. Barrie and West End vet Laura Michelle Kelly as Sylvia Llewelyn Davis. The Diane Paulus helmed tuner will feature music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham. Based on the Miramax film written by David Magee, Finding Neverland follows the story of Barrie (Jordan) and his relationship with the family of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (Kelly). Llewelyn Davies' children eventually became Barrie's inspiration to write Peter Pan. The Harvey Weinstein produced musical overhauled its creative team in 2013, bringing on board Paulus, Barlow and Graham.