NEW YORK, Nov. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Preparing to sprinkle fairy dust across America, NBC presents "Peter Pan Live!" a bold new television production of the iconic Broadway musical on December 4th. The Original Soundtrack of the NBC Television Event will be released by Broadway Records™ and is now available for pre-order on the Broadway Records website at http://www.broadwayrecords.com/cds/peter-pan-live and select retailers. The album will be released on CD and digitally on Tuesday, December 16th.
Allison Williams ("Girls") stars in the title role and Academy Award® winner Christopher Walken stars as the villainous Captain Hook in the timeless classic about a boy who never wants to grow up. Tony Award® winner Christian Borle will play both Smee, the dastardly right-hand to Captain Hook, as well as George Darling, the no-nonsense father of the Darling children.
The cast also includes five-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O'Hara as Mrs. Darling, Taylor Louderman as Wendy Darling, one of the three Darling children, and Alanna Saunders as Tiger Lily, the Native American who rules her "islanders" on Neverland. Oscar, Emmy, Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe nominee Minnie Driver will serve as narrator and adult Wendy Darling.
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron ("Hairspray", "The Sound of Music LIVE!") will executive produce the live broadcast. Tony Award winner Rob Ashford will serve as director and choreographer and ten-time Emmy Award® winner and five-time DGA Award winner Glenn Weiss will serve as director for live television.
The Original Soundtrack of Peter Pan LIVE! will be produced by Grammy® and Emmy nominated David Chase, three-time Tony Award winner Doug Besterman, Grammy Award winner Lawrence Manchester and Frank Wolf.
The original Broadway production of "Peter Pan," directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins and featuring the iconic songs "I'm Flying," "I've Gotta Crow," "I Won't Grow Up," and "Never Never Land," opened on Broadway in 1954. The show had a book by J.M. Barrie and a score by Mark "Moose" Charlap & Carolyn Lee, with additional songs by Jule Styne & Betty Comden and Adolph Green. It starred Mary Martin as Peter and Cyril Ritchard as Captain Hook, both of whom won Tonys for their performances.
While Martin earned a Tony playing Peter on Broadway, other actresses have taken on the role for different Broadway productions. Sandy Duncan was the title character in the 1979 stage version and Cathy Rigby portrayed Peter throughout the 1990s on the Great White Way.
Martin and Ritchard reprised their Broadway roles in a live telecast of the production that aired on NBC in 1955. The production was so popular that NBC followed it in 1956 with a second live telecast and in 1960 with a videotaped version, both also starring Martin and Ritchard. The 1960 videotaped version was rebroadcast in 1963, 1966 and 1973 and was released on home video in 1990.
About Broadway Records, one of the premier record labels in its industry, has produced cast albums for many major Broadway shows (i.e. the Grammy® nominated Matilda The Musical and the recently announced Side Show Original 2014 Broadway Cast Recording) as well as the preservation of shorter run Broadway shows (i.e. Bonnie & Clyde and Big Fish). Broadway Records believes in delivering the best cast recordings to its customers, while also striving to innovate with the critically acclaimed "Live at 54 BELOW" series featuring top Broadway stars including Patti LuPone, Aaron Tveit, Norbert Leo Butz, Sierra Boggess, Laura Benanti and many others. Recently, BroadwayWorld.com nominated 19 of Broadway Records' albums for their inaugural 2014 Album Awards, all of which can be found by visiting www.broadwayrecords.com.
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