By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
Last December, NBC’s The Sound of Music Live! was watched by 18.6 million viewers who tuned in for the three-hour musical performance of the classic story about Nazi survivors. Its success even inspired rival FOX to put together a live musical of the 50s-style high school love story Grease for 2015. This holiday season, NBC’s Peter Pan Live! will get you “hooked” with Hollywood mega celebrity Christopher Walken as Captain Hook!
For those of you who don’t recognize Walken, he’s known for playing wacky bad guys, like the evil businessman Max Schreck in Batman Returns, the James Bond villain Max Zorin in A View to a Kill, and the headless horseman in Sleepy Hollow.
While Walken’s more popular popcorn movies have earned over $1 billion in the USA, he actually has a long history of singing and dancing roles. In fact, he is a classically trained dancer who studied at the Washington Dance Studio.
“He might really be a song and dance man at heart,” said NBC Entertainment chairman, Robert Greenblatt. “He’s fearless as a comedic actor and always comes to play. I guarantee you he’s going to bring his own spin to Captain Hook. He might be the first tap-dancing Captain Hook.” Whoa! A tap-dancing pirate?
Walken is very excited, and he expressed, “I started my career in musicals and it’s wonderful after all this time, at this point in my career, to be in this classic musical I watched as a child and to work with Neil Meron and Craig Zadan again after Hairspray. It’s a chance to put on my tap shoes again.”
Greenblatt wanted to add even more funk to the show by recruiting a female actress for the part of Peter Pan. After unsuccessfully trying to get Miley Cyrus and Kristen Bell to commit to the part, Greenblatt admitted, “We’ve actually had several women who wanted to do it but they’re either busy or their schedules don’t work.” At last, he settled upon the lovely actress Allison Williams for the part, and the show will be flying from Neverland to your TV sets on December 4.
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