FIrst Look: Allison Williams as Peter Pan (PHOTO)

Peter Pan Live!  - Season 2014

It’s your first look at Allison Williams as Peter Pan.

The Girls star, and daughter of NBC news anchor, Brian Williams, was cast last month in the title role of NBC’s Peter Pan Live.

The first casting announcement came a few weeks earlier at the TCA summer press tour, when it was revealed that veteran actor (and hoofer!) Christopher Walken would play Captain Hook. Christian Borle, fresh from the previous year’s The Sound of Music Live and an earlier turn on Smash, has also been cast–in a duel role as Mr. Darling/Smee.

The success of The Sound of Music Live, starring American Idol alum, Carrie Underwood, proved viewers had an appetite for live television.  Soon, NBC was looking for another Broadway musical to air during the holiday season.  The network settled on another childhood favorite, Peter Pan.

As we await further casting news, we have a sneak peek of what to expect when Peter Pan Live! broadcasts across the country on December 4.  Allison is pretty convincing as a ginger, don’t you think?   The cross dressing is working for her!


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  1. The whole tradition of this role being played by females has always escaped my understanding. But she looks pretty good.

    I had no idea who she was but the photo looked a little familiar anyway. I guess it is the dad resemblance to Brian Williams.

  2. Love the color palette used for the costume in this picture – reminds me of the still vivid “Color by Technicolor” – the dye transfer process of many movies of the 50’s – or the richly saturated tones of the illustrated Real Mother Goose – I’m looking forward to seeing what else the production uses to set the mood.

    This actor seems to fit the part – she seems fine – right body type – good haircut – and I’ll be interested in discovering the rest of the skill set she has to play Peter. I like this look.

  3. I’m not aware of the tradition, so why is Peter Pan being played by a girl?

  4. Google link to explain is in stef’s post from 12 hours ago.. It’s a very logical reason.

  5. I’ve only ever seen her as Marnie, but she lacks the charisma to play Peter IMO. But then again Carrie’s Maria wasn’t the most charismatic…but Carrie also brought in her fans…

  6. The story I read last night is that the flying harness used is very constricting to male body parts. So they cast a female who doesn’t have those parts to worry about. Who knows if that’s true or not.
    There was a feature version (not Disney) in the early 2000’s with Jason Isaacs at Captain Hook and Jeremy Sumpter as Peter Pan. And Charlie Rowe (the upcoming series Red Band Society) played him in a British version that was shown stateside on Sci Fi Channel (called Neverland, before he learned how to fly). So it’s been played by a boy before. Just not on stage.

  7. “Who knows if that’s true or not.”

    Heh. Safe to go with ‘Not’. smh. Ask any guy who has had a role that required a flying harness – the production didn’t consider using a female actress for anatomical reasons. Superman – Dracula – Batman, etc – all have had to ‘fly’ on stage. Someone was being fanciful, IMO.

    Hugh Jackman tells a story about what can happen if the harness isn’t positioned properly – but he still takes Wolverine roles that require being flown on set.

    “…it’s been played by a boy before. Just not on stage.”

    And ‘on stage’ is where that cite about British law and minors under 14 after 9PM applied…this production being mounted on stage more frequently than it is ever revived on screen. How far down can they scale the ages of the Lost Boys? Like many traditions, using a woman to play Peter has its origins in logic.


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