(Rob Weinert-Kendt’s article appeared in The New York Times, 3/12; Pam Green.)

Gary Barlow has a clear message for America’s musical-theater composers and lyricists: He’s not after your jobs.

“The one thing I didn’t want to try to be was a Broadway songwriter,” said Mr. Barlow, the frontman of the British boy band Take That, chatting in a Midtown rehearsal studio with his songwriting partner, Eliot Kennedy, whose producing credits include work with Celine Dion, Bryan Adams and the Spice Girls. “There are thousands of great ones out there who are having success every night, so there’s no need for me to do that. I needed to do what I do.”

What he and Mr. Kennedy do is construct pop earworms for maximum appeal, and that’s more or less the way they approached the score for the new Broadway musical “Finding Neverland,” based on the 2004 film about J. M. Barrie, the creator of “Peter Pan,” which begins previews on Sunday.


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