Matthew Morrison, the Broadway alum who’s currently wrapping up his final season on “Glee,” will take over the lead role in “Finding Neverland,” the Harvey Weinstein-produced musical that opens in the spring.
Morrison, whose legit credits include “Hairspray,” “Light in the Piazza” and “South Pacific,” returns to the part in “Neverland” after playing it in workshops of the developing production. He’ll play J.M. Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, in the adaptation of the 2004 Miramax film by book writer James Graham and songwriters Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy.
Jeremy Jordan (“Newsies,” “Smash”) played Barrie in the musical’s tryout production this summer at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass. Jordan received generally positive reviews from critics, but word of Morrison’s takeover of the role had begun to filter through the industry over the last couple of months.
Morrison joins “Neverland” with the national TV profile he cultivated on “Glee,” although it won’t be clear until the musical begins performances whether that fanbase will flock in significant numbers to the show.
Directed by Diane Paulus and choreographed by Mia Michaels (“So You Think You Can Dance”), “Finding Neverland” begins previews March 15 ahead of an April 15 opening at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater.