‘Peter Pan Live’ Takes Flight on NBC

Peter Pan Live

Nobody fell. The pirates danced, the Lost Boys sang, Wendy got her wish, Tiger Lilly saved the day and Tinker Bell’s CG sparkle got viewers to believe, and clap.

Allison Williams pulled off three hours of flying, singing and hoofing as the star of NBC’s “Peter Pan Live” telecast. Christopher Walken was her tap-dancing foil as Captain Hook.

“Peter Pan Live” telecast became a tweet-along event, leading Twitter’s trending topics as viewers weighed in on everything from the sets to the dog who played the Darling family’s faithful Nana.

The production — directed by Rob Ashford and Glenn Weiss and exec produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron — was stocked with Broadway vets including Kelli O’Hara, Christian Borle and Taylor Louderman. Minnie Driver served as narrator and limned the role of grown-up Wendy in the closing moments.

A full review will be posted after the West Coast airing.

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  1. I can’t wait to see the Music Man next December 2015.

  2. CMarks says:

    4 out of 5 stars for me. Show needed to be tightened by cutting about 30 minutes. Commercial breaks were too abrupt. Walken, at times, seemed to be sleep “walken” or confused. Fun stuff over all but 3 hours on a school night might have moved many to DVR for weekend watching. And all previous productions have had Mr. Darling and Capt. Hook played by the same actor – there is a reason for that (aside from saving money) and Mr. Darling’s role isn’t big enough to warrant Borle’s talent.

  3. Jacques Strappe says:

    The original televised Peter Pan from centuries ago with Mary Martin had a ton more life than this production which mostly felt flat.

  4. Jacques Strappe says:

    Brian Williams’ daughter is fine as Peter. Walken is just weird and creepy (and not in a good way) and miscast as Hook. Sets mostly look fine and songs, dancing are serviceable but nothing extraordinary. The commercial breaks are jarring and too frequent. The live theater thing is too gimmicky and rendered a lot less special or different with the ubiquitous commercial interruptions. The production overall seems to drag. I can’t imagine children sitting with rapt attention for more than an hour, let alone 3 hours. Children are used to sophisticated special effects so I’m not sure the very visible low tech flying wires will pass muster with them. NBC would have been better served with a 2 hour version that was rendered on film or video tape, incorporating some spiffier special effects. C+ overall.

  5. peter(f) is the daughter of the nbc anchor who does things walter cronkite would never do

  6. I hope that NBC got a winner in Pete Pan Lives.I can’t wait to see what NBC will do top this one.

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