Bryan Cranston Becomes a Producer of Broadway Musical 'Finding Neverland'

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Associated Press

The musical about 'Peter Pan' author J.M. Barrie stars Kelsey Grammer and Matthew Morrison.

NEW YORK (AP) — The upcoming Broadway musical Finding Neverland has found a new producer to join its ranks: Bryan Cranston.

Lead producer Harvey Weinstein said Friday that the Tony Award-winning former Breaking Bad star had signed up after being enchanted by an early workshop.

The show, directed by Diane Paulus, explores the Peter Pan book's backstory and stars Matthew Morrison of Glee and former Frasier star Kelsey Grammer. Performances begin March 15 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

Morrison will play J.M. Barrie, the Peter Pan author, and Grammer will play his producer. The musical is adapted from the 2004 whimsical film of the same name, about a widow whose four young sons inspired Barrie to write the children's classic.

The show has a book by British playwright James Graham, whose This House premiered at the National Theatre in 2012, and music and lyrics by Gary Barlow of the pop band Take That, and songwriter and producer Eliot Kennedy.

Cranston made his Broadway debut last year playing President Lyndon B. Johnson in All the Way and won the Tony for best leading man in a play.

In a statement, Weinstein said: "We were so thrilled that he wanted to come on board as an investor — having him as an ally and offering his overall support of this production means the world. He has given Diane and me such smart, constructive creative advice."