Disclosure: I was given complimentary tickets to Finding Neverland at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.
I’m a big Peter Pan fan from waaaay back, y’all. My first exposure was the Disney movie as a kid, but I went on to read the Barrie novel. I love everything about the story of the Boy Who Won’t Grow Up. Tinker Bell (the sassy version) is my spirit animal.
This is why I was excited to see the Broadway in Atlanta production of Finding Neverland. If you’re not familiar, it’s the story of James Barrie’s inspiration for writing Peter Pan, first as a play then later as a novel.
The play is well acted and a special nod goes to the child actors. As always, I’m amazed by their professionalism and ability. While the musical is related to Peter Pan, the show may be a little over the heads of the youngest of viewers. However, there is plenty of fun and action if you do decide to bring them – lots of imaginative play during the scenes with the young boys, and swashbuckling pirate numbers.
The number one reason why you should go see this play is the set – the decorations, backdrops, props, special effects. It’s amazing. There is a joke in the play about stage managers never getting any credit. Right now, I’m telling you that the stage managers for this production deserve all the credit in the world. Much of the play explores the world of imagination and the set design supports the actors in this seamlessly. The special effects and props are mesmerizing. The scene in which the photo below takes place is breathtaking.