Christoper Walken 'Hooked' to Lead NBC's "Peter Pan" Broadcast
13 Jul 2014
Tony nominee and Oscar winner Christopher Walken will play Captain Hook in NBC's "Peter Pan," the network's follow-up live musical broadcast to "The Sound of Music."
The casting reunites Walken with producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who also produced the film "Hairspray" featuring the actor.
Walken is a veteran to Broadway, a celebrated dancer, and has been Tony-nominated twice for his performances in James Joyce’s The Dead and A Behanding in Spokane.
"I can guarantee you that he's going to bring his own spin to Captain Hook," Greenblatt said at the Television Critics Association press tour.
"Based on James M. Barrie's revered book and musical, NBC's new take, which hails from Universal Television, comes after the network in 1955 staged a live broadcast of the Broadway production of Peter Pan that opened in 1954. The show, starring Tony winners Mary Martin and Cyril Richard drew 65 million viewers – the highest rating for a single night program at the time. NBC later broadcast the show live again in 1956 and 1960. It was also the first broadcast of a musical in color," according to Hollywood Reporter.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.