NBC is taking another chance on a live musical. However, this time around the National Broadcasting Company has its money on Allison Williams of “Girls” who was cast as Peter Pan reported Variety Wednesday.
“The Sound of Music” with Carrie Underwood was a critical flop and had the real Von Trapp family up in arms with NBC’s choice of Maria, despite impressive TV ratings. NBC promised another attempt at a live musical and has cast the daughter of NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams in “Peter Pan,” scheduled to air December 4. One could cry nepotism, however according to Variety Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, executive producers of the upcoming television event, stated, “Allison Williams is a major find,” although they didn't have far to look. The production team went on to declare that the 26-year-old actress “will reinvent the iconic role of Peter Pan with her wit, her warmth, her dynamic flying and her wonderful musical abilities.” The “Peter Pan” team believes “the score will be sung beautifully and introduced to a whole new generation of families.”
Allison Williams currently plays Marnie Michaels on HBO’s hit "Girls," where it has been reported she “occasionally shows off her vocal talent.” The Connecticut native is engaged to Ricky Van Veen and said in a statement, “I have wanted to play Peter Pan since I was about three-years-old, so this is a dream come true.”
Yes, “Dreams do come true! #Girls star Allison Williams will play Peter Pan in #PeterPan Live,” tweeted NBC early Wednesday morning, especially if your daddy is a major part of the company that hired you. Let the marketing madness begin. If NBC has another live musical flop, at least it will have millions of viewers, or so they hope.
The live TV event of “Peter Pan” has given Allison Williams a moment of pause and made her question, “What could go wrong in a live televised production with simultaneous flying, sword fighting and singing?” “Peter Pan” with Allison Williams will air live on NBC December 4.