Have you ever wanted to take a trip to Neverland to visit Peter Pan and the Lost Boys? Well you are in luck because NBC has just announced that it will be bringing a live adaption of the hit Broadway musical Peter Pan on December 4th 2014. NBC boss Robert Greenblatt announced the news on Sunday January 19th at the 2014 Winter TCA press tour.
“We had so much doing a big musical that the family could watch over the holidays, so we’re going to do it again,” Blatt said…
There has been no announcement about casting just yet but however there were speculations that Cher, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber were all rumored to star in the live adaptation but Greenblatt says all of those rumors are false. Casting will be announced at a later date but Greenblatt says be prepared for flying children and some state of the art technology for Tinkerbell.
The Sound of Music live brought in 19 million viewers with an additional 3 million viewers watching via DVR playback. The musical was so successful that it beat out the networks Football programming. Greenbelt said “For once, the drama nerds beat the jocks,” Although Carrie Underwood received horrific reviews for her less than thrilling portrayal of the leading role of Maria Von Trapp, the musical as a whole was still a success.
“We’re very pleased to be underway on Peter Pan as our next live holiday musical for the whole family. We were all delighted to see how The Sound of Music Live! struck such a chord in December and brought nearly 19 million people to the live telecast plus another several million viewers over the weekend. In the hopes that lightning strikes twice, we think we’ve landed on another great Broadway musical — which ironically also starred Mary Martin—that is a timeless classic for all audiences, young and old, who just never want to grow up.” Greenblatt said.
Executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron of NBC’s Smash help bring The Sound of Music to life will return to help with Peter Pan. In a joint statement the pair said
“We’re thrilled to be reteaming with NBC and Bob Greenblatt in bringing Peter Pan back to its roots as a live television event. We hope to create the joy that has made this musical so beloved. We would like a whole new generation to experience Peter Pan and for families across the country to share the magic.”
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– Dallas Jordan