For one night only, members of the audience could experience Neverland in the halls of the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. As part of Pittsburg State University’s Best of Broadway Series, “Finding Neverland” came to Pittsburg on Sunday, Jan. 26 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Presented by the Broadway Tour, the musical tells the story of playwright J.M. Barrie, author of “Peter Pan”, as he struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young boys and their mother. Inspired by the boys’ adventures, Barrie conjures the magical world of Neverland and writes the play.
“I loved it,” said Holly Maxwell, senior in graphics management. “It was my first time seeing it. There were so many great parts. I really enjoyed the parts that pulled characters from Peter Pan onto the stage. The scene with Hook and the pirates and the ship was really well done.”
Maxwell heard about the show through her internship at the Bicknell Center.
“I do attend most everything at the Bicknell Center but that’s because of my internship there,” she said.
The Best of Broadway series makes the city of Pittsburg a destination for some of the biggest Broadway musicals in the nation.
Maxwell believes it is important for PSU and the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts to bring large shows to smaller cities like Pittsburg.
“I do think it’s important to bring shows like this to Pittsburg,” she said. “The quality, skills and talents that these shows bring to Pittsburg is wonderful. It gives everyone the opportunity to see what potential possibilities are out there for them if they work at it.”
Events like Broadway shows are great for family activities, according to Maxwell.
“It’s great to have quality family friendly shows that you can share as a family,” she said. “I enjoy seeing these programs at the Bicknell and being able to shar these experiences with my kids.”
The next Best of Broadway show will be Broadway’s “An American in Paris” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4. Inspired by the Academy Award-winning film, the musical follows World War II veteran Jerry Mulligan as he chooses newly liberated Paris to live as he attempts to make a name for himself as a painter.
Tickets can be bought for the upcoming show on the Pitt State website, by phone, or in the Weede Ticket Office.