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Finding Neverland
Finding Neverland

Finding Neverland
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
Jan 16, 2020 - Jan 19, 2020

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Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

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Los Angeles Times- Somewhat Recommended

"...The bombastic cheerfulness of “Finding Neverland” does its best to distract us from the darkness at the heart of “Peter Pan”: It’s a story about orphans and grieving mothers. If only the creative team were willing to let the secret sorrow and pain grab hold of us."
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Margaret Gray

LA Weekly- Recommended

"...Set in Edwardian London circa 1903, this musical adaptation of the 2004 Oscar-nominated film is essentially the origin story of how Barrie came to create the work for which he's now most famous. It will likely delight children and Peter Pan fans, but otherwise the show is like an ersatz Mary Poppins without the iconic songs, dance sequences or charm."
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Mayank Keshaviah

Edge- Highly Recommended

"...Despite the tears, this show is the definition of enchanting leaving audiences elated when the final notes are sung and the last of the night's sparkles settles to the floor. Don't miss it."
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Kevin Taft

Stage and Cinema- Recommended

"...More than in the movie—where the show and its source were kept cunningly apart—Finding Neverland perpetrates a blurring of origins and dreams that in effect shortchanges Barrie’s achievement: He didn’t just borrow from life; as the boys’ free-form play suggested, he improved on it. Peter Pan is a fantastical fusion of Robert Louis Stevenson, Edward Lear, Victorian pantomime, dime store Western adventures, the actual Davies brothers, and, above all, the brain of Barrie. That’s where Neverland started and stayed, not in a Broadway musical’s “lost and found.”"
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Tony Frankel

ArtsInLA- Highly Recommended

"...Everything about Finding Neverland runs like a well-oiled machine, but without losing any of the momentary enchantment that can take us all, regardless of our age, back to the time when we first saw Peter Pan take flight and longed to help him get that shadow of his sewn back on and journey through the night skies with him to join the Lost Boys. Never growing up to face a world gone totally mad is a consummation devoutly to be wished there days, and it’s a lovely treat when any fantasy can transport us away from the daily barrage of evening news insanity."
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Travis Michael Holder