Thursday, July 31, 2014

NBC's "Peter Pan Live!" Cast Lead

Openly gay executive producers Craig Zadan & Neil Meron have announced that Allison Williams who co-stars in HBO’s "Girls" has been cast in the title role of NBC's upcoming telecast of "Peter Pan Live!" scheduled for Dec. 4th. Williams who is a classically trained singer is also Brian Williams daughter the anchor & managing editor of NBC Nightly News. Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment stated, "We couldn’t be happier that Allison Williams is our Peter Pan. She’s a lovely rising star on the award-winning show ‘Girls’ where she occasionally shows off her incredible vocal talent & we think she will bring the perfect blend of ‘boyish’ vulnerability & bravado to save the day against Christopher Walken’s powerful Captain Hook.” Craig Zadan & Neil Meron added, "Allison Williams is a major find. She will reinvent the iconic role of Peter Pan with her wit, her warmth, her dynamic flying & her wonderful musical abilities. The score will be sung beautifully & introduced to a whole new generation of families." Allison Williams concluded, “I have wanted to play Peter Pan since I was about three years old, so this is a dream come true. It’s such an honor to be a part of this adventure & I’m very excited to get to work with this extraordinarily talented team. And besides what could go wrong in a live televised production with simultaneous flying, sword fighting & singing?" The last time Peter Pan was broadcast live was in 1955 with Mary Martin as Peter & Cyril Ritchard as Captain Hook. I actually own a copy of that. It will be interesting to see how the new TV production will compare.
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