Whether you loved it or hated it, NBC's live telecast of The Sound of Music earned enormous ratings for the network last month. Within days after its initial airing, network execs began brainstorming ideas on what musical to adapt for TV and have finally decided that we can expect a live version of Peter Pan this holiday season.
According to USA Today on Sunday, Peter Pan will air on NBC on Dec. 4, almost one year to the day after Carrie Underwood starred as Maria von Trapp in Sound of Music (Dec. 5, 2013). Last year's producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, will re-team for the project. The two have worked on many projects in the past, including the movies Chicago and Footloose, and are serving as producers for the 2014 Oscars.
The role of Peter Pan has not yet been cast, but USA Today adds that the role will likely be played by a male, differing from several iterations of the show that included a female lead.
Perhaps the most famous TV adaptation of Peter Pan was the 1955 version, also shown on NBC, starring Mary Martin in the title role. The broadcast marked the first Broadway production shown on color TV and set a record for most viewers for a single television program with 65 million viewers. Martin, who starred in the original Broadway version of Peter Pan and won a Tony for the role, won an Emmy for the TV version.
NBC later restaged the musical for a new broadcast in 1956 and again in 1960, both again starring Martin.
The Sound of Music Live! drew in about 19 million viewers during its initial airing in December and marked the network's most successful Thursday night, excluding sports, since 2009. Delayed viewing figures including DVR playback boosted the broadcast above Sunday Night Football that particular week.