At the Adrienne Arsht Center
Based on the 2004 film starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, Finding Neverland tells the story of how writer J.M. Barrie was inspired to write one of the world’s most beloved children stories, Peter Pan, after meeting widowed mother Sylvia and her four endlessly energetic children. His days go from being filled with writer’s block to playing pirates with the new kids in his life – a change that unleashes his inner kid and brings about a newfound zest for life.
If there’s one thing that sticks out about this production, it’s the beauty and ingenuity that went into some of the stage effects, including how the show brings Tinkerbell to life, and a glitter explosion in the second act that had the entire audience gasping in unison.
There’s some heavy subject matter here that results in a full-on tearjerker, but that shouldn’t keep parents from bringing the young ones to the theater. At its core, Neverland is an earnest ode to the sanctity of childhood. At a time when it feels like technology may be affecting kids’ ability to play using their imagination, Neverland reminds us to cherish childhood. And for adults, the message is clear: Youth may fade, but one can always access the kid-at-heart within, if only you just believe.
Finding Neverland is playing at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts now through December 31. For tickets and more info, visit: Finding Neverland.