“Peter Pan Live” premiered on NBC as a live television event on December 4, 2014. The cast included Alison Williams (“Girls”) as Peter Pan, movie actor Christopher Walken as Captain Hook and Broadway and TV actor, Christian Borle (“SMASH,” “Sound of Music Live”) as Mr. Darling and Smee.
Williams was amazing as Peter Pan. She did a great job acting, dancing and singing. Taylor Louderman as Wendy did a good job; she had so much spirit in the role. She also did a good job making the character annoying and her voice was amazing.
Walken was good at dancing, but was not great on the acting. His singing was fairly good, but it was hard to make out what he was saying at times. While a good actor, this was not his best role. He did better in the movie made musical, “Hairspay.” He did a better job in the fighting scenes.
Borle was one of the many highlights of the show in both of his roles, especially as Smee. His acting, dancing and singing was incredible, as well as hilarious. Broadway actress, Kelli O’Hara as Mrs. Darling was amazing. Her voice was incredible as well as her acting.
The ensembles of pirates were very talented; they were great dancers and singers. Former members of the Broadway show, “Newsies,” portrayed the cast of the Lost Boys, along with one current member of the Broadway revival of “Les Miserables,” were amazing, great dancing, singing and acting. The music was amazing as well as the chorography.
Only a couple of mistakes were made. At the beginning of the musical when Peter was flying, the harness was visible. At nearly the end of the show the camera showed a little bit of a big light, which was possibly a set light. There was only one time Alison Williams was visibly out of breath and it was after the song “I’m Flying.”
As someone who has never seen the musical before, watching “Peter Pan Live” for me was amazing. I had nothing to compare it to other than the Disney version, and it was much better than that version. I would highly recommend it for all. It was much better than “The Sound of Music Live” last year.