Christopher Walken—hook and all—is set to battle Allison Williams in this first look at his take on Captain Hook from NBC’s upcoming live production of Peter Pan. Walken’s lavishly outfitted Hook has a villainous look in his eyes as he towers over Williams’ Pan—a taste of what’s to come when they tackle the musical that opened on Broadway in 1954. READ FULL STORY
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Allison Williams‘ Peter Pan finally has a Wendy!
Taylor Louderman, known for her lead role on Broadway’s Bring It On: The Musical, has been cast as Wendy Darling in Peter Pan Live!, NBC’s follow-up to its successful 2013 telecast of The Sound of Music Live with Carrie Underwood. Wendy is, of course, one of the three Darling children, whose mother will be portrayed by Kelli O’Hara.
Along with Louderman, Alanna Saunders has joined the cast as Tiger Lily, the Native American who rules her “islanders” on Neverland before being captured by Captain Hook (and later rescued by Peter Pan). Tiger Lily then becomes an ally of Peter, Wendy, and company in their efforts to take down Hook, whom we know will be played by Christopher Walken. As for Saunders, her stage credits include Gypsy and A Chorus Line.
Peter Pan Live! will air on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. on NBC.
NBC’s upcoming telecast of Peter Pan Live has added another Broadway star to its lineup.
Five-time Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara (most recently of The Bridges of Madison County) has joined the cast as Mrs. Darling, the wife of no-nonsense George Darling (Christian Borle). Besides being the doting mother of the Darling children (who, let’s not forget, allows the dog to babysit), Mrs. Darling gets to sing one of the show’s ballads, the bedtime lullaby “Tender Shepherd.”
In addition to O’Hara’s casting, NBC has also announced the production team behind the Dec. 4 telecast. On board are choreographer Rob Ashford, director Glenn Weiss, musical director David Chase, production designer Derek McLane, costume designer Catherine Zuber, and lighting designer Robert A. Dickinson.
The three-hour live event stars Allison Williams as Peter Pan and Christopher Walken as Captain Hook.
Girls star Allison Williams, who briefly demonstrated her singing chops last season on the HBO comedy, has been cast as Peter Pan in NBC’s upcoming presentation of Peter Pan Live.
She’ll join previously announced star Christopher Walken as the elegant Captain Hook in the Dec. 4 telecast.
“I have wanted to play Peter Pan since I was about three years old, so this is a dream come true,” said Williams in a press statement. “It’s such an honor to be a part of this adventure, and 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 and singing?”
“We couldn’t be happier that Allison Williams is our Peter Pan,” said NBC chief Robert Greenblatt. “She’s a lovely rising star on the award-winning show Girls—where she occasionally shows off her incredible vocal talent—and we think she will bring the perfect blend of ‘boyish’ vulnerability and bravado to save the day against Christopher Walken’s powerful Captain Hook.”
Peter Pan Live—based on the original 1954 Broadway musical which includes songs such as “I’m Flying,” “I Won’t Grow Up,” and “Ugg-a-Wugg”—is NBC’s follow-up to its hugely successful 2013 telecast of The Sound of Music Live with Carrie Underwood, which brought in 18.6 million viewers last December.
With Walken and Williams on board, there are still plenty of juicy roles to cast for the live production, including Wendy Darling (and her brothers John and Michael), Tiger Lily, Smee, and everyone’s favorite human-in-a-dog-suit, Nana.
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