by Madison Beckman
Last weekend, I was one of the lucky people who got to go on the Student Activities trip to see Finding Neverland on Broadway.
According to the official website for the show, Finding Neverland is “the story of how Peter became Pan.” Matthew Morrison, well known for his role as Mr. Schuester on Glee, plays the role of J.M Barrie, a famous London playwright. The show follows Barrie as he embarks on the journey of writing the infamous play, Peter Pan.
The play opens with Barrie, feeling pressure from everyone to write the next great hit, following his last show which was a flop. He looks for inspiration at the park, where he meets four boys and their widowed mother. Through his time with the family, he gets inspired to write the historic story. Barrie faces many personal and professional obstacles as he is writing the play, and this show is as much about his personal journey as it is about Peter’s.
The show was the perfect mix between magical and realistic, including dramatic business scenes and whimsical dream sequences. They did a great job of explaining the backstory of Peter Pan without explicitly retelling it. Instead, they gave a fresh perspective on the show that you thought you knew.
Along the way, with the help of several musical numbers and hilarious characters, the audience was encouraged to keep dreaming and stay young at heart.
If you get a chance to see the show, I highly recommend it. It will be a magical experience for people of all ages.