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Peter Pan Live! on NBC 12/04/14

Discussion in 'TV Shows' started by Adam Lenhardt, Jul 13, 2014.

  1. Adam Lenhardt

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    After last year's huge ratings success for Sound of Music Live!, NBC is staging a live production of Peter Pan this December, much like the network did with Mary Martin in 1955, 1956, 1963, 1966 and 1973.The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Christopher Walken will play Captain Hook in the live musical. No word as to whether Walken will also be playing Mr. Darling as in most stage productions of the musical.The network has not yet found its Peter Pan, but NBC has confirmed that the title role will be played by an adult female rather than an adolescent male. Kristin Bell was in early talks, but her shooting schedule for Showtime's "House of Lies" meant that she just wouldn't be available.
     
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    They've got Christopher Walken, why not go all the way and have John Travolta do Peter Pan. Who says it needs to be a blond, petite woman. Might take a few more cables to lift him, but could be fun. Edna Turnblad/Peter Pan, close enough. :)
     
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    I am very disappointed by the decision not to cast Peter with a young man. They'd really be doing something different there and make this new version very distinct from the ones with Mary Martin and Cathy Rigby.

    Walken spent his early career doing theater (including musicals) and we saw him dance in Pennies from Heaven, so he could make an entertaining Captain Hook (and I'd be shocked if he doesn't play Mr. Darling, too).
     
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    Walken is a great choice. There are a lot of fine actors with musical experience that goes to waste these days on TV and film.
     
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    Yeah, my hope is it isn't Taylor Swift.Hopefully she has a tour during rehearsals.
     
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    I'd love to see Taylor Swift in a remake of Grease.
     
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    Nah...Ke$haShe is great on that singing show(Rising Star??).Her comments during the show with the triplets (they were godawful)."Just wanna see them with their shirts off...and check something off my bucket list."
     
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    I just hope whoever they cast is an actress who can sing, and not a singer that can her hit marks. I really enjoyed Carrie Underwood's musical performances in the live Sound of Music, but she was a huge drag on the production the rest of the time.
    He can act, but can he sing?
     
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    Schan,Which person made the comments you quoted above?
     
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    Ke$ha
     
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    He opened the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying a couple of years ago (the one that Darren Criss was his replacement after six months).

    I'll bet YouTube has his "Brotherhood of Man" number from that year's Tony Awards. He's IMPRESSIVE.
     
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    He's a great performer, but he's a young man who has to shave two times a day.
     
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    Walken as Captain Hook makes this must viewing.
     
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    Wouldn't they have to transpose the entire score if a boy was cast as Peter?
     
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    It depends on the boy's voice, but that wouldn't be a problem. It's done all the time to accommodate stars going into shows.
     
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    I'll watch anything with Christopher Walken in it.

    I've been a big fan of his since I saw him and Jeff Goldblum in small parts in Next Stop Greenwich Village.
     
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    Radcliffe was game but he was not a natural song and dance man. The effort showed.
     
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    Me too. Peter is a boy, and there are plenty of young male actors that can play younger than their actual age. I'm sure a few can sing and dance, too.
     

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