What NBC should learn from ‘Peter Pan Live!’: No more stunt casting!

12.05.14 2 years ago

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What NBC should learn from “Peter Pan Live!”: No more stunt casting!
Next time, NBC should seek out Broadway actors and cut down on the three-hour running time so kids can watch. “Don”t cast a rather inexperienced TV actor and a 70-year-old movie legend to be the two major stars of your big theatrical production,” says Michelle Stark/ “Allison Williams is a fine actor with a fine voice, but she”s all wrong for the part of Peter Pan. First of all, she”s not a boy. Duh. Second, she”s not theater-y enough. You need someone who can sell the camp and whimsy of a story like Peter Pan. Someone who can make the audience clap for a tiny ball of light. Williams gave it her all, and that's commendable, but playing Peter Pan, with the accent and the tights and the flying, is a tall order, and she just wasn”t up to it. She was awkward, unconvincing and far too bland to carry the show.” PLUS: Ratings fell off as the night went on — were kids falling asleep to blame?, “Peter Pan Live!” was mediocre, bland, depressingly safe, the 5 worst moments, Williams couldn”t find the conviction necessary to carry the show, and “Peter Pan Live!” was never meant to be enjoyed.

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