Tony Award nominee and “Glee” star Matthew Morrison has been announced to portray Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie when the new musical Finding Neverland arrives on Broadway in March 2015 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. He succeeds Jeremy Jordan, who created the role in the musical’s American Repertory Theater premiere last summer.
Morrison’s casting in the starring role has been an open secret among Broadway industry members for several months. The Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actor was part of an early 2014 workshop of the musical, but was unable to repeat his performance when Finding Neverland premiered at the American Repertory Theater last summer due to his filming schedule for the last season of “Glee.”
Tony Award nominee Jordan, seen in Newsies, Bonnie & Clyde and “Smash,” starred as Barrie in the American Repertory Theater’s pre-Broadway premiere of the musical last summer. An earlier version of the musical, which premiered in the U.K. with a different book, score and creative team, starred Julian Ovenden.
Everybody, Rise! A Celebration of Elaine Stritch, an all-star tribute to the life and career of the late Tony and Emmy-winning actress, took place Nov. 17 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Playbill.com has highlights from the event.
Constructed by George C. Wolfe, the tribute featured reminiscences and/or performances by a host of theatre luminaries, including Bernadette Peters, Hal Prince, Betty Buckley, Christine Ebersole, Laura Benanti, Michael Feinstein, Nathan Lane, Lena Hall, Holland Taylor and gossip columnist Liz Smith with additional reminiscences by Hunter Ryan Herdlicka and Julie Keyes
Would wonder how Leon gets such amazing guest actors, (Rutanya Alda was in ‘The Deer Hunter’ FFS, Mo Gaffney is comedy royalty), but it is simple. He writes decent characters that people want to play.