That’s Incredible 

Finding Neverland star John Davidson has an affinity for the double role he plays in the spectacle-laden musical adaptation of Finding Neverland. "As Captain Hook, I give [Peter Pan author J. M.] Barrie the same advice I'd give anybody getting into the business," he says. "Find the child within yourself, because to find out who you are is the greatest challenge of life. I'm telling Barrie, 'Don't write what you been writing. And don't write what everyone expects you to write. Write your story.' Then, as Charles Frohman who's Barrie's producer, I'm trying to talk him out of writing a play for children. 'It will be a disaster,' I tell him. 'Children don't have money; they can't buy tickets!'"

click to enlarge John Davidson - JEREMY DANIEL
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When it comes to the business of show there are worse people to take career advice from than Davidson. The clean cut actor started on Broadway in the 1960s before packing up his Pepsodent smile and taking his act to Hollywood, where he became a ubiquitous game show presence, recorded albums, and landed notable guest spots on popular shows. Davidson hosted That's Incredible, The New Hollywood Squares, and was a frequent substitute for Tonight Show icon Johnny Carson. But between appearances on The Love Boat and in made for TV films like Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders II, Davidson continued to work as a song and dance man.

"Until this time, my favorite roles have been Don Quixote in Man of la Mancha and playing Harold Hill in The Music Man. But now this is by far my favorite role," Davidson says. "I'm at my best when I can chew on the scenery, and each of these roles gives me a chance to do that. It is exhausting and I just love it and I'm so grateful.

"In my mind, I'm the luckiest guy in the world to have this role," says Davidson who, at 76, describes Finding Neverland's Hook/Frohman as, "the role of a lifetime."

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