Kelsey Grammer

In 'Finding Neverland' at the Pantages, pirates and pixie dust obscure the show's secret weapon: Sorrow

In 'Finding Neverland' at the Pantages, pirates and pixie dust obscure the show's secret weapon: Sorrow

The touring production of “Finding Neverland,” about how J.M. Barrie came to write “Peter Pan” in the early 1900s, may well inspire a new generation of young playwrights. The highly romanticized musical, directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus (“Pippin,” “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” “Hair”) and now at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, makes writing look like a nonstop thrill ride, not to mention a great workout and a probing form of therapy.

Barrie (Billy Harrigan Tighe) is a successful playwright who never sits at a desk. It’s not clear that he even carries a pen. One day, in a bit of a creative slump, he meets the four fatherless Llewelyn Davies boys and their...

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