There’s been another change of plan for Finding Neverland. This time it is to the cast of the upcoming American Repertory Theater production of the tuner in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The previously announced Tony winner Roger Bart has departed the show and Michael McGrath will be stepping in as Charles Frohman. Deadline reports that the change has been made due to “creative differences.” McGrath joins a cast that includes Jeremy Jordan and Laura Michelle Kelly. Directed by Diane Paulus and produced by Harvey Weinstein, Finding Neverland will run from July 23 through September 28 at the Loeb Drama Center.
McGrath won a Best Featured Actor in a Musical Tony Award for Nice Work If You Can Get It. His extensive Broadway credits include Born Yesterday, Memphis, Is He Dead?, Spamalot, Wonderful Town, Little Me and Swinging on a Star.
Finding Neverland features music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham. Based on the film written by David Magee, the show 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 tuner explores the power of imagination and the pressure that comes with the prospect of growing up.