'Finding Neverland' musical will open in Britain in 2012

Finding-Neverland

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The Finding Neverland musical seemed to be on life support last summer, when plans for a November world premiere were scuttled. But according to the New York Times, the Weinstein Company is moving ahead with plans to adapt the 2004 Johnny Depp film for the stage, with director Rob Ashford (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) looking to stage a tryout production in Britain next fall before moving to London by the end of 2012. Scott Frankel is writing the music and Michael Korie is handling the lyrics. (The pair previously collaborated on Grey Gardens.)

Musicals based on movies have a mixed track record — for every Producers, there’s a Young Frankenstein. Of course, the Finding Neverland musical isn’t technically based on the movie: It’s based on the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan, which was adapted into Finding Neverland. So this Finding Neverland will be a musical based on a play that was made into a movie about a man writing a play. That’s weird, my nose is bleeding! The point is, let’s pray Neverland is a hit, because then we’ll be one step closer to Harvey Weinstein’s mad dream of creating a My Week With Marilyn musical… starring Katy Perry.

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