FEATURING JOHN LEGEND, NICK JONAS, RITA ORA, MATTHEW MORRISON AND MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED
New York, NY (February 26, 2015) – In tandem with the Broadway debut of Weinstein Live Entertainment’s Finding Neverland, with music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy, Republic Records announces Finding Neverland (Songs from the Musical) to be released on April 21st.
The record will feature marquee artists, such as Rita Ora, reinterpreting songs from the production in addition to contributions by star Matthew Morrison and composer Gary Barlow. Academy Award- and Grammy Award-winner John Legend and superstar Nick Jonas also join the compilation—as officially announced today.
“When I first heard Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy’s bold and exciting music for ‘Finding Neverland,’ I loved the mix of their contemporary sound with this classic and timeless story,” said producer Harvey Weinstein. “This album is a great opportunity to have some of today’s most popular and innovative recording artists help introduce the music to the world.”
“I am always looking for ways the theater can reach a broader audience, and to have all these incredible recording artists re-imagining the songs from our show is thrilling,” said Director Diane Paulus.
Republic Records Executive Vice President and West Coast General Manager Tom Mackay comments, “We’re working together with The Weinstein Company to create a very unique musical companion that will augment the production and expand its influence. It’s a thrilling project.”
This past weekend, Rita Ora, Matthew Morrison, and Gary Barlow took the stage at the Weinstein Company’s legendary pre-Oscar party to perform songs from Finding Neverland for the very first time. They enchanted the entire audience, increasing excitement for the forthcoming release.
More news and information about Finding Neverland (Songs from the Musical) will be released soon!
Based on the Academy Award-winning motion picture by David Magee, and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee, Finding Neverland follows the relationship between playwright J. M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up – one of the most beloved stories of all time. Starring Matthew Morrison (“Glee,” South Pacific), Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier,” La Cage aux Folles) and Laura Michelle Kelly (Mary Poppins), the production is directed by Tony®-winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Hair)with book by Olivier Award®-nominee James Graham, music and lyrics by multi-award winning singer songwriter Gary Barlow (Take That) and Grammy Award®-winner Eliot Kennedy, choreography by Emmy Award®-winner Mia Michaels (“So You Think You Can Dance,” Cirque du Soleil’s Delirium), this new musical, packed with mesmerizing visuals, irresistible songs and plenty of laughs, is a timeless story about the power of imagination… and spectacular proof that you never really have to grow up. Finding Neverland begins performances on March 15 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street) with an official opening slated for April 15. For more information, please visit www.FindingNeverlandTheMusical.com.