Following the great success of its The Sound of Music Live!, starring Carrie Underwood, back in December (which brought nearly 19 million viewers to its live broadcast on Dec. 5), NBC announced today at the Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Press Tour that it will be producing another live musical for television. On Dec. 4 of this year, the network will air Peter Pan Live!
Peter Pan has a long, live TV history, on NBC specifically, dating back to 1955, when the Jerome Robbins-directed-and-choreographed musical was adapted for television (pictured left). That version notably starred Mary Martin as Peter Pan, but NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said casting on this version has not been done yet (and he would not even speculate on who his “dream casting” might be for Pan, when asked by a reporter). Casting is on a “fast track,” however.
As with the original, this version of Peter Pan will include the famed flying sequences. Greenblatt admitted there is a concern with using wires to create the illusion of flight, and said that viewers will see those wires.
While casting is not yet set, Greenblatt did say that Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who produced The Sound of Music Live!, would be back to executive produce Peter Pan Live!
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