"West Side Story" works. "Rent" works. "Finding Neverland"? TBD.
That’s why Jeremy Jordan sounds exhausted. He’s just emerged from an eight-hour rehearsal, as this world premiere musical gets hammered into shape at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge. That means cutting a reprise here, reworking some choreography there and learning the three pages of dialog that were just rewritten.
Meanwhile, opening night looms; “Finding Neverland” runs July 23 to Sept. 28 at the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge.
"It’s exhausting," says Jordan. "It’s demanding in all sorts of ways. The first act is physically demanding. The second act is more emotionally demanding. And then you figure that I’m onstage for almost the entire show – I leave for only about seven minutes total."
That’s because this is his story. Jordan plays J.M. Barrie, the Scottish author of “Peter Pan.” “Finding Neverland” traces the unique and inspiring story behind the creation of the iconic Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. Divorced, Barrie meets and becomes friends with the widowed Sylvia Llewelyn Davies and her four young sons. Barrie’s creative and spirited relationship with the boys helps plant the fertile seeds of “Peter Pan.”
Read the full interview under the cut!