Matthew Morrison

'Finding Neverland' heads to Baltimore with vintage message, new Hook

'Finding Neverland' heads to Baltimore with vintage message, new Hook

No less an expert on youth and adventure than Mark Twain loved J. M. Barrie’s play “Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up,” declaring it to be “a great and refining and uplifting benefaction to this sordid and money-mad age.”

That assessment was made a century ago, but the sordid, money-mad part doesn’t seem at all dated. And although the original 1904 stage work by the Scottish playwright and novelist isn’t encountered too often now, the indelible figure of Peter Pan, in one form or another, seems to pop up every few years, promising a welcome escape from the unsavory parts of the world around us.

The latest example is the musical “Finding Neverland,” which wings its way...

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