Allison Williams, Christopher Walken, Kelli O'Hara and Christian Borle Greet the Press at Morning Peter Pan Live! Event
Taylor Louderman, who appeared in the Broadway musical adaptation of Bring It On, has been announced to portray Wendy Darling, with actress Alanna Saunders cast in the role of Tiger Lily in NBC's live broadcast of Peter Pan.
Kelli O'Hara, the five-time Tony Award-nominated actress who recently starred in Jason Robert Brown's The Bridges of Madison County, has been cast as Mrs. Darling. Christian Borle, who won a 2012 Tony Award for his performance as Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher, will star as Smee and Mr. Darling. Peter Pan will be broadcast Dec. 4 at 8 PM.
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.