Finding Neverland, the story of author J.M. Barrie as he sets off to write his opus Peter Pan, will open on Broadway in March 2015, a decade after the release of the critically acclaimed film.
The New York Times reports that the show, bankrolled by veteran producer Harvey Weinstein, received a trial run at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Wednesday night — the culmination of a lengthy and highly public production process.
It is the first major theater project that Weinstein has directly tackled, though he is acquainted with Broadway: a 2012 story in the Times described him as a “passive investor” in such successful shows as The Producers and Billy Elliot.
The original film, which starred Johnny Depp as Barrie and received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Original Score, and others, was produced by Miramax Films, which Weinstein founded and runs with his brother Bob.
Much remains up in the air. The show’s creative team, headed by Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus, has yet to announce either a cast or a theater in New York where the show will play.