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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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    Allison Williams, daughter of NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and one of the stars of HBO's "Girls", has been cast in the title role. She has reportedly wanted to play the role since she was three, and has the childhood photo to prove it: 10549632_909283875753837_1365317328_n.jpg She wasn't the sort of casting I expected for the role, but she at least meets my criteria of an actor/actress that can sing rather than a singer put in the position of having to act. The supporting roles left to be cast include Wendy, Michael, John, Mrs. Darling, Tiger Lily and Smee.NBC's press release:
     
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    I thought THE SOUND OF MUSIC was horrendous (other than technically), and will be avoiding this pointless PETER PAN like the plague.
     
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    It wouldn't be the first time.
     
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    I saw clips of "How to Succeed in Business....." and was not at all impressed. Radcliffe was literally awful, but because of his "star" power, got the role.

    I like the guy, but hope that in the future sticks to what he's good at. Musical theatre is not one of them.
     
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    Overall pleased with the announcement. If it's going to be cast with an actress, at least this one can act AND sing, so the results should be closer to what we'd want from a legit musical offering.
     
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    I saw him in the show (it's my favorite stage musical), and while I think he was a bit out of his league (especially when it came time to do "I Believe in You"), he was not helped in any way, shape or form by his director, who seemed completely incapable of directing the show. The entire thing was a big over-choreographed mess. Still, it was better than the wretched Matthew Broderick fiasco.
     
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    First photo of Allison Williams in costume as Peter Pan:
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    The costume does a good job of flattening out her curves, but I'm not really feeling the biker shorts. Also, it's a little disturbing how much she looks like a younger version of her father in that photo.
     
  9. Johnny Angell

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    So, one production does not measure up to your standards and that means anything else they do will be as bad? We here at the HTF have become very good at prejudging something we've never seen. I like the idea of Walken as Hook. Looking forward to it with an open mind.
     
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    Same here. I was disappointed they went with traditional casting for Peter, but nothing would keep me from watching it and supporting bringing live musical theater back to television.
     
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    It would have been nice to cast a boy of about twelve or thirteen in the part. Bobby Driscoll did a very good job with the vocals for the Disney version. They really should consider casting a boy next time for authenticity.
     
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    If we're talking about the musical then casting a woman is a nod to authenticity.
     
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    The miracle of makeup.

    Dated a woman a while back that could go from a "forest fire"(some of you know what movie that is from) to 12yo boy in 45 minutes or less.

    Of course...she did theatre in HS and went to college and honed her skills. Works small time Indy gigs(never wanted that to be her job).
     
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    And some of us don't know what movie that's from. :)
     
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    NBC's poster for the live television event:
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    I'm surprised they couldn't come up with a less awkward promo photo for Williams as Peter Pan, but Walken looks FANTASTIC as Captain Hook.
     
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    I've never seen a Peter Pan production with Hook getting top billing. The power of an Oscar!
     
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    If he had two Oscars, they'd call it Hook. Oh, wait...
     
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    I have no clue who Allison Williams is, but I know Christopher Walken can sing, dance, act, and yes, he has an Oscar. He's the drawing power for me.
     
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    I watched the "Making of" special tonight and found it interesting seeing the various pieces fall into place. There appears to be three new songs added to this production, so it's going to be wildly different from any previous broadcast of the show. I certainly plan to tune in and see for myself.
     
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    I'm very much looing forward to this. I like The Sound of Music for the most part, and was very excited when I heard Peter Pan was going to get the treatment next. Assuming they keep doing good in the ratings, can we expect a live musical EVERY year? I like the idea of that!
     

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