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About Finding Neverland
Heidi Says …
Other than listening to the recording of this musical in the car once while Gracie shared a bit of the plot with me, I went into this musical fresh. And I adored it! For only the second time during a Broadway production, I was literally brought to tears (the first time was the moving ending of Amazing Grace). So much of this storyline was relatable and moving. The characters were easy to get attached to and you wanted to see good triumph after adversity.
Probably my favorite song was “When Your Feet Don’t Touch the Ground” because it felt so personal to me. I loved the duet between the adult J. M. Barrie and the young Peter. I thought it was interesting that poor Peter, who had gone through so much in his young life, was the one who had his feet firmly planted on the ground, while Mr. Barrie was a dreamer. It seems that, nowadays, it’s often the other way around – we grown-ups tend to be so serious and forget about our dreams and the fantasies of our youth.
I found so many of the songs in Finding Neverland to be ones that I can see myself singing around the house for years to come. They just made sense.
I have to say that I was so impressed with Billy Harrigan Tighe in the role of J. M. Barrie. He doesn’t look very old, but boy! can he sing! His vocal range was amazing and I got chills during several of the songs he sang – especially Stronger at the end of Act 1. The girls were both excited to have the chance to meet him outside the Stage Door after the show and get his autograph.
The Hippodrome Theatre
We traveled to Baltimore for this show. It was our first time at the Hippodrome Theatre, but it certainly won’t be the last. The theater was easy to get to and very well-maintained. I don’t think the theater itself was quite as large as the Hershey Theater, where we normally go for Broadway on Tour shows, but the area outside the theater was much larger and easier to navigate (which I really appreciated).
You can learn more about the theater, purchase tickets to upcoming shows, and check out their latest happenings on their website. They’ve got some fun events and great shows coming up that you’ll want to check out. You can also follow them on social media:
The Musical Journey
Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan, but do you know the backstory – or the story behind the story? I love that Finding Neverland is based on the true life story of the author of Peter Pan. In the musical, you see where he got the inspiration for his Peter Pan story and, suddenly, it all makes sense. I’m a sucker for a “based on actual events” story, and this was not a disappointment.
As part of the Musical Journey, I would assign the task of researching the life of J. M. Barrie and comparing that to the show. What aspects of the story are the same? And what is different? (For example, Gracie was telling us on the way home that in the true life story, Sylvia Llewelyn Davies actually had 5 sons, while the musical only includes 4.)
J. M. Barrie is the author of many, many works besides Peter Pan. I would also assign the task of finding one of his other stories, reading it, and reporting on it. Is it similar in style to Peter Pan or different?
More About the 2 Year Musical Journey
- Our Musical Journey Begins
- Seize the Day (Newsies)
- From Oklahoma to the South Pacific
- How Sweet the Sound
- Good Morning, Baltimore!
- Murder is a Nightmare
- Sometimes You Have to Be a Little Naughty
- It’s Possible
- Rock of Ages
- Poison in My Pocket
- The Hills are Alive!