Jimmy Fallon Will Welcome Star of "Peter Pan Live!" Plus Benedict Cumberbatch

News   Jimmy Fallon Will Welcome Star of "Peter Pan Live!" Plus Benedict Cumberbatch
 
"Girls" actress Allison Williams, who will star in the title role of the upcoming NBC production of "Peter Pan Live!," will be a guest on the Nov. 17 broadcast of NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."

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The chat show will also feature stage and screen star Benedict Cumberbatch and musical guest U2.

"The Tonight Show" airs in the New York metropolitan area on NBC, Channel 4, beginning at 11:35 AM ET; check local listings.

"Peter Pan Live!" will air on NBC Dec. 4 at 8 PM ET. The musical will also star Christopher Walken as Captain Hook, five-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O'Hara (The Bridges of Madison County) as Mrs. Darling, Tony Award winner Christian Borle (Peter and the Starcatcher) as Mr. Darling and Smee, Taylor Louderman (Bring It On) as Wendy and Alanna Saunders (Gypsy) as Tiger Lily.

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The original Broadway production of Peter Pan, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins and featuring the songs “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up,” and “Never Never Land,” opened on Broadway in 1954. The show had a book by J.M. Barrie and a score by Mark “Moose” Charlap and Carolyn Leigh, with additional songs by Jule Styne and  Betty Comden and Adolph Green. It starred Mary Martin as Peter and Cyril Ritchard as Captain Hook, both of whom won Tony Awards for their performances. Martin and Ritchard reprised their Broadway roles in a live telecast of the production, which aired on NBC in 1955. The production was so popular that NBC followed it in 1956 with a second live telecast — and in 1960 with a videotaped version, both also starring Martin and Ritchard. The 1960 videotaped version was rebroadcast in 1963, 1966 and 1973 and was released on home video in 1990.

Read Playbill.com's article "Who Should Play Wendy Darling in "Peter Pan" here.

Read Playbill.com's article "Who Should Play Captain Hook" here.

Read Playbill.com's article on who should play Peter in NBC's "Peter Pan" here.

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