Finding Neverland Brings Magic to Walton Art Center in December

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, October 30, 2017 – Just in time for the holidays, Finding Neverland debuts at Walton Arts Center Dec. 19-23, 2017 for a limited 7-show engagement.

Single tickets start at $36 plus applicable fees and can be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting

Show Times:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 7 pm
  • Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 7 pm
  • Thursday, Dec. 21 at 1:30 pm  
  • Thursday, Dec. 21 at 7 pm  
  • Friday, Dec. 22 at 8 pm  
  • Saturday, Dec. 23 at 2 pm  
  • Saturday, Dec. 23 at 8 pm  

Based on the Academy Award®-winning Miramax motion picture by David Magee and the play, The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee, Finding Neverland follows the relationship between playwright J.M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up – one of the most beloved stories of all time.

Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever.

This new musical, packed with mesmerizing visuals, irresistible songs and plenty of laughs, is a timeless story about the power of imagination and spectacular proof that you never really have to grow up.

Directed by Tony®-winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Hair) with book by Olivier Award®-nominee James Graham. Music and lyrics were created by Gary Barlow (Take That) and Grammy Award®-winner Eliot Kennedy, and choreography by Emmy Award®-winner Mia Michaels (“So You Think You Can Dance,” Cirque du Soleil’s Delirium).

The production features scenic design by Tony Award®-winner Scott Pask (PippinBook of Mormon), lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Kenneth Posner (The Coast of UtopiaPippin), costume design by Suttirat Larlarb (Of Mice and Men), sound design by Tony Award®-nominee Jonathan Deans (PippinLa Cage aux Folles), hair and make-up design by Richard Mawbey, projection design by Jon Driscoll, music supervision by Fred Lassen, musical direction by Ryan Cantwell and casting by Stewart/Whitley. 

"A spirited, tuneful, nimbly-staged delight!  One of the year's top ten best shows!" – Time

“Far and away the best musical of the year!” - NPR

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Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 195,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 400 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 45,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 200 volunteers donate 21,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors, allowing audience members to pay on average only 45% of the cost of programs offered. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit