Following in the footsteps of actresses before her, “Girls’’ star Allison Williams will cast the shadow of Peter Pan in NBC’s live production “Peter Pan Live’’ this year.
“I have wanted to play Peter Pan since I was about three years old, so this is a dream come true,’’ Williams said in a statement. “It’s such an honor to be a part of this adventure, and I’m very excited to get to work with this extraordinarily talented team. And besides, what could go wrong in a live televised production with simultaneous flying, sword fighting and singing?’’
The original “Peter Pan’’ opened on Broadway in 1954, starring Mary Martin as Peter and Cyril Richard as Captain Hook. NBC aired a live broadcast of the Martin-Richard production in 1955, which according to NBC, was the highest-rated single night program at the time with 65 million viewers.
Williams will star alongside Christopher Walken (Captain Hook) in the Dec. 4 production.
Last year, NBC cast country superstar Carrie Underwood as Maria von Trapp in “The Sound of Music Live,’’ which raked in 18.6 million viewers. The production’s success sparked Fox to announce its own live production, “Grease Live,’’ slated for a 2015 release. No word yet on who will play Sandy or Danny.