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Meet the man who played the crocodile in 'Peter Pan Live!'

Who was in Peter Pan Live!‘s croc suit? It wasn’t Brian Williams, father of Peter Pan him/herself Allison. It also wasn’t The Sound of Music Live! star Laura Benanti, despite what she may have claimed on Twitter. No, it was someone else; someone who quite literally kept a lower profile: Assistant choreographer Charlie Williams. (No relation).

Much of the Twitter activity during the event was directed toward the crocodile, who was named the “true breakout star” of the production by Mashable. EW got Williams on the phone to dish on what it was like playing Captain Hook’s reptilian foe—and dealing with Christopher Walken’s croc-enthusiasm. READ FULL STORY

'Peter Pan Live' review: So was it really as bad as you'd hoped?

We were promised hate-watching. We were told that NBC was “counting on” us to tune into Peter Pan Live! just to complain that Allison Williams wasn’t talented enough, or British enough, or Mary Martin enough. We prepped our Twitter jokes about how the dog (a real dog!) was the most natural actor in the whole cast. We waited for the sets to fall apart, for the wires suspending the actors above the stage to break, for Captain Hook’s hook to fly off stage and break some NBC intern’s glasses. We readied our thinkpieces about the uncomfortable implications of Peter flirting with Wendy and also wanting her to be his mother. And then something incredible happened. Peter Pan Live! wasn’t an epic failure. It was something much more shocking to the American public. It was… fine.

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Minnie Driver recalls 'Good Will Hunting,' 'The Riches,' and more notable roles

From NBC’s charming rom-com About a Boy to Lifetime’s biblical miniseries The Red Tent (debuting Dec. 7), Minnie Driver is having one very busy fall—and that’s not even including her surprising role in the sleeper hit Beyond the Lights or her appearance in Peter Pan Live! on NBC.

EW asked Driver to share memories of the projects that paved her path through Hollywood:

Circle of Friends (1995)
“I had been working pretty consistently in television in England, but that was my first big film role. I was so broke. I was trying to be a musician. I had been living in Uruguay with my sister, and I came back for Christmas and I met with Pat O’Connor, the director. I don’t think I looked the part, but he clearly saw Benny in me. I remember the casting director saying, ‘The girl that they cast as the beautiful girl is going to get all the attention, and you need to just know that you’re going to do a wonderful job.’ It gave me my whole career, that movie.”

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6 things you need to know about 'Peter Pan Live!'

Tonight, Allison Williams will finally take flight in NBC’s Peter Pan Live! For NBC, this is a chance to follow up on the success of last year’s The Sound of Music Live! For Williams, it’s the chance to fulfill a lifelong dream of being Peter. For Christopher Walken (Captain Hook), it’s a chance to show off his dancing skills. For the audience? It’s a chance to write some funny tweets—and maybe, just maybe, be swept away by the wonder of it all.

So, what do you need to know before settling down to watch tonight? EW has you covered.

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Christopher Walken just wants to dance

“Who is the greatest villain of all time?” demands Christopher Walken, standing aboard a ship’s deck on a Long Island soundstage. An obvious answer would be Walken himself. During his lengthy and mayhem-filled movie career, he has shot an unarmed Dennis Hopper in True Romance, taken out a hit on Andy Garcia in Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead, and plotted a watery death for the entire population of Silicon Valley in the Bond movie A View to a Kill. But today, something is very different about Walken. Soon after delivering that line, he begins to sing—wearing full pirate regalia, a long black wig, and a hook on his left hand.

Walken, 71, is rehearsing his role as Captain Hook in Peter Pan Live!—a follow-up to last year’s Carrie Underwood-starring The Sound of Music Live!—which NBC will broadcast on Dec. 4 with Allison Williams as the boy who won’t grow up. The role requires Walken to sing around half a dozen songs and execute a tap number. But what does a man best known for playing murderers know about killer dance moves? READ FULL STORY

Tinkerbell will be computer generated in 'Peter Pan Live!'-see video

Tinkerbell may still need claps to survive, but she’s going digital for NBC’s Peter Pan Live! “We’ve been doing research on the best presentation for Tinkerbell,” executive producer Neil Meron told EW earlier this month, “and I don’t think we can do a flashing light in a table lamp.” READ FULL STORY

All about the new songs in 'Peter Pan Live!' -- and how the show's handling 'Ugg-a-Wugg'

In addition to classics like “I Won’t Grow Up” and “I’m Flying,” NBC’s upcoming live production of Peter Pan will feature some songs unfamiliar even to those who wore out their VHS copies of the Mary Martin movie.

Peter Pan Live! enlisted Amanda Green—the daughter of one of Peter Pan‘s original lyricists, Adolph Green, and a Broadway veteran in her own right—to help expand the show with new lyrics for pre-existing melodies. “It fleshed out the show. It deepened the characters, it kind of drove plot more—which good songs do in musicals. Amanda was just wonderful in capturing the spirit of her father and [Green’s partner] Betty Comden,” executive producer Neil Meron told EW. READ FULL STORY

Hear Allison Williams sing in 'Peter Pan Live!' promo

Allison Williams exercises her pipes and a British accent in the latest promo for NBC’s Peter Pan Live!, which gives audiences a sense of all the singing, dancing, and flying that will be a part of the production.  READ FULL STORY

See Christopher Walken as Captain Hook in NBC's 'Peter Pan Live!'

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

'Peter Pan Live!' casts its Wendy and Tiger Lily

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.

Broadway star Kelli O'Hara joins 'Peter Pan Live' as Mrs. Darling

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.

Allison Williams to play Peter Pan in NBC's 'Peter Pan Live'

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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