The musical adaptation of “Finding Neverland” will be staged at the Cheyenne Civic Center this week. Courtesy

Magic will be discovered at the Cheyenne Civic Center later this week.

The touring production of “Finding Neverland” will be staged at the venue Wednesday night.

The musical is an adaptation of the 2004 film of the same name, which starred Johnny Depp as author J.M. Barrie. Depp was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance.

The story covers Barrie’s platonic relationship with Sylvia Llewellyn Davies and her four sons, Peter, George, Jack and Michael. The four boys would ultimately inspire Barrie to create “Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up,” a 1904 play and 1911 novel.

The story of Peter Pan would go on to be adapted into several forms of media, including a 1924 silent film, the popular 1953 animated Disney film and a 2003 live-action movie.

The play Barrie originally wrote is rarely performed live, being supplanted in popularity by the 1954 musical version.

In the film and musical, Barrie befriends Llewellyn Davies and her sons, acting as a surrogate father figure and playmate for them. Their antics provide him ideas for a play about boys who don’t want to grow up.

Following their mother’s death from lung cancer in 1910, Barrie unofficially adopted the children.

The musical version of the show debuted in 2012 in Leicester, England, and was shown on Broadway in 2015. “Glee” actor Matthew Morrison took on the role of Barrie in the Broadway staging.

The musical is around two-and-a-half hours long and will have a short intermission between the two acts.

Ellen Fike is the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s features reporter. She can be reached at efike@wyomingnews.com or 307-633-3135. Follow her on Twitter @EllenLFike

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