'Finding Neverland' is finding its way to Costa Mesa

'Finding Neverland' is finding its way to Costa Mesa
Billy Harrigan Tighe as J.M. Barrie and Tom Hewitt as Captain Hook in “Finding Neverland.” (Jeremy Daniel)

The touring production of "Finding Neverland," about how J.M. Barrie came to write "Peter Pan," will be performed at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts from Tuesday through April 2.

The musical, based on the film of the same name, follows Barrie and his relationship with the family of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, whose boys became the author's inspiration for "Peter Pan."

Directed by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus with book by Olivier Award-nominee James Graham, the musical explores the power of imagination to open up new worlds, and the pressures put upon those worlds by the inevitability of growing up.

"It's a show for everybody and it's filled with lots of magical moments," said Noah Plomgren, 26, who plays Lord Cannan in the show and also functions as the understudy to Billy Harrigan Tighe, who portrays Barrie. "It's a show that's quirky and fun and has so much heart and emotional affections."

Plomgren is a New York resident who graduated from Laguna Beach High School, worked at the Laguna Playhouse and performed with the Laguna Beach Dance Co. and at Laguna Beach's No Square Theatre. This is his debut at Segerstrom.

Tighe's recent credits include "Pippin" on Broadway and the national tours of "The Book of Mormon" and "Wicked."

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets start at $29.

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts is at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, call (714) 556-2787 or visit scfta.org.

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