‘Girls’ Star Allison Williams Cast as ‘Peter Pan’ in NBC Live Musical

Girls” star Allison Williams has been cast as the title character in NBC’s “Peter Pan Live!” The telecast will air Dec. 4.

“We couldn’t be happier that Allison Williams is our Peter Pan,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “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.”

“Allison Williams is a major find,” said executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “She will reinvent the iconic role of Peter Pan with her wit, her warmth, her dynamic flying and her wonderful musical abilities. The score will be sung beautifully and introduced to a whole new generation of families.”

“I have wanted to play Peter Pan since I was about three years old, so this is a dream come true,” said Williams. “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,” added Williams, “what could go wrong in a live televised production with simultaneous flying, sword fighting and singing?”

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  1. Chelsea says:

    Awesome, great casting choice really looking forward to this new musical.

  2. Mjkbk says:

    Agewise, Mary Martin WAS a bit long in the tooth (41 in 1954) to play a boy. Yet she pulled it off spectacularly.

    Still, there’s absolutely no reason why younger–or even MUCH younger–women can’t essay this role.

  3. In the musical “Peter Pan” in all of it’s theatrical runs, the part has always been played by a woman. Mary Martin, Cathy Rigby, Sandy Duncan, Maude Adams,Nina Boucicault, Betty Bronson,Cecilia Loftus and Pauline Chase. It’s been the tradition since the play first opened in London in 1904.

    • jhs39 says:

      That’s true but why? Why can’t a boy play Peter Pan since the character is a boy? I suppose if you are talking about a stage production that might run for a long time using a boy who has not yet hit puberty might be a problem but for a television production or a limited run stage production using a girl doesn’t make any sense to me. What am I missing here?

    • Leon says:

      Got it thanks. I will be skipping this because everything NBC does is Crapola!

    • Also, a grown woman can play a boy indefinitely because they won’t go through puberty midway through the production.

      • Chris says:

        Just because it’s always been played by a woman doesn’t mean it has to be. This would have been a perfect time to start a new tradition. Guess I’ll just have to look forward to Justin Bieber as Pollyanna.

  4. Michelle says:

    Wow. The kid graduated from Yale and is a good actress as far as I can tell. Considering that none of you will be chosen to perform (act, sing and fly!) on live television, you might consider giving the snark a rest.

  5. Darrin says:

    Gee daddy’s been with NBC forever, do you think that had anything to do with it.

  6. wi says:

    Would she have gotten this job if her father anchored at ABC news?

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