Tony Yazbeck to take over from Matthew Morrison on Broadway
NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Yazbeck will step into the heroic shoes of former “Glee” star Matthew Morrison in Broadway’s “Finding Neverland.”
Yazbeck will play J.M. Barrie, the “Peter Pan” author, in the adaptation from the 2004 whimsical film of the same name about a widow whose four young sons inspired Barrie to write the children’s classic.
Morrison’s last show is Jan. 24 and Yazbeck takes over Jan. 26 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, alongside Kelsey Grammer, who returns to the show on Jan. 19 in the dual role of theatrical producer Charles Frohman and a fearsome Hook.
Yazbeck, after years of work in regional theaters and tours, earned his first Tony nomination last year for playing one of three sailors looking for love in New York in the ravishing remake of “On the Town.”
Morrison will next be seen on CBS’ “The Good Wife.” Yazbeck’s stay may be limited since he’s signed up to join the “On the Town” national tour in select cities.
“Finding Neverland” is coming off a great holiday period and created a new weekly record haul at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre with $1,477,174 over nine shows last week.