Kelsey Grammer & Matthew Morrison Return to Broadway For 'Finding Neverland'

by Raphael Chestang 3:42 PM PDT, April 03, 2015
Playing Kelsey Grammer & Matthew Morrison Return to Broadway For 'Finding Neverland'

Kelsey Grammer and Glee's Matthew Morrison returning to their theater roots for Finding Neverland, and their return has garnered a warm welcome.

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"It's a joy to be back on Broadway," Matthew told ET. "This is my home. This is where I kind of cut my teeth as a young man."

Matthew began his career with Broadway productions such as Footloose, The Rocky Horror Show and Hairspray before landing his role as Will Schuester on Glee. Likewise, Kelsey Grammer made his Broadway debut in 1981 as Lennox in Macbeth before going to work as Dr. Frasier Crane on Cheers in 1982.

While the project is clearly familiar ground for the two leads of the play, for lead producer Harvey Weinstein, the production is a departure from his usual day job as film mogul.

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"My four daughters agree that the only movie that they're unanimous on that I made was Finding Neverland," Harvey told ET. "That was a good inspiration for my first lead producer role on Broadway."

Harvey brought the story of Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie and the family who inspired him to the screen in 2004, along with Johnny Depp and Dustin Hoffman as the leads.

"Hook is actually an extension of the other character I play -- Frohman the American producer who motivated J.M. Barrie," Kelsey said. "I morph into Hook in a kind of natural way, which I think people really enjoy."

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So You Think You Can Dance winner Melanie Moore, 23, plays Peter Pan and she gave us the secret to playing the iconic character.

"It's always about the takeoff," Melanie said. "If you get a good takeoff, you can get a good landing."

The show has grossed more than $1 million in previews, but one person who's not concerned with the buzz is Kelsey's two-year-old daughter, Faith.

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"She'll say, 'Stop singing,'" Kelsey said. "And I'll think, 'How dare you?'"

Finding Neverland opens on Broadway April 15.