Review: ‘Finding Neverland’ at the Hippodrome Theatre

Those who’ve forgotten Peter Pan are destined to repeat it in Finding Neverland . The U.S. national tour now at Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre until July 2 makes for a dreamy midsummer night’s entertainment, with the added value of a great-looking production and an opportunity to reacquaint oneself with the charms of long-time musical star John Davidson. This 2015 Broadway adaptation of Allen Knee’s 1998 play The Man Who Was Peter Pan has a book by James Graham and music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy. The songs are all yeomanly and pleasant, sometimes rising above the expected, especially “All That Matters” and “When Your Feet Don’t Touch the Ground.” Some of the bouncier concoctions sound like they could have been written for the Partridge Family. The cast of Finding Neverland. Photo by Carol Rosegg. went through numerous workshop revisions. The final script adheres closer to the 2004 British-American movie of the same title, which starred Johnny Depp as J.M. Barrie. This creation, in short, continues the harmless trend of retrofitting a recent movie with songs and hoping it results in something more organically musical on stage. Billy Harrigan-Tighe, who was so good as Elder Price in the […]

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