Tony-Winning "Smash" Star in Talks to Join NBC's Peter Pan

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06 Aug 2014

Christian Borle
Christian Borle
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Tony Award-winning Peter and the Starcatcher and "Smash" star Christian Borle is in final negotiations to star as Smee and Mr. Darling in NBC's live broadcast of the Broadway classic Peter Pan, according to Deadline.com.

Borle, who also starred as Max Dettweiler in NBC's 2013 broadcast of The Sound of Music, would portray the comedic sidekick to Christopher Walken's Captain Hook. On July 30 NBC announced that "Girls" star Allison Williams will fly in the musical's title role.

Borle earned a Tony Award for portraying Black Stache (the inspiration for Captain Hook) in the stage production of Peter and the Starcatchers, which imagines the origins of the Peter Pan tale. 

Both "Smash" and "The Sound of Music Live!" were produced by "Peter Pan" producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan.

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.