Following up on their success last year with the live to air The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer, NBC announced that their next musical theater revival would be the Charlap & Lee production of Peter Pan. Now we’ve already seen Girls star Allison Williams in costume as the titular lead, in keeping with the theatrical tradition of a woman playing the part of Peter, but now NBC has released its first image of Christopher Walken as the piece’s villain, Captain Hook. Walken will walk in the well worn books of Hook which have been put on by the likes of Hans Conried, Dustin Hoffman, Jason Isaacs, and Colin O’Donoghue. So how does he look? Well, look below to take a peak.
Here’s the pic courtesy of Entertainment Weekly:
Not bad. Seems like a re-mix of Steven Spielberg‘s Hook with accessorizing and make-up courtesy of Captain Jack Sparrow. Undoubtedly, Walken willl do a fine job as Hook, but this new production will be a departure from the traditional stage version of Pan as Walken will not also play Mr. Darling, father of Wendy, John and Michael. Instead, Broadway actor Christian Borle who played Uncle Max Detweiler in NBC’s Sound of Music, will play the dual part of Mr. Darling and Hook’s first mate Smee.
Based on the J.M. Barrie classic, Peter Pan will follow Wendy, John and Michael as they escape to Never Neverland, a place where children never have to grow up, and a land filled with adventure, mermaids, fairies, natives, and pirates. As a Broadway musical, Peter Pan first hit the Great White Way in 1954 starring Mary Martin as Peter and Cyril Richard as Captain Hook. After a successful run it closed down to create the first live telecast of the musical in 1955 featuring the same cast, a feat that was repeated again in 1956 and 1960. At the time, over 65 million viewers tuned in to see the show, a high water mark that would give NBC execs a heart attack if it achieved in getting even 50 per cent of that audience.
But honestly, at this point the only Peter Pan-related production I want to see is based on this:
Peter Pan will air December 4 on NBC.
Source: Coming Soon