Written by Scottish playwright and novelist J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan is a story about a boy who refused to grow up. And, oh by the way, he could fly.
As leader of a gang called The Lost Boys, Peter fought pirates in the land of never, or Neverland. It was there viewers met the diabolical leader of the sea robbers, Captain Hook.
First appearing in a 1904 play, Peter showed up later, in 1911, in a book entitled Peter and Wendy.
The first Peter Pan movie was produced in 1924.
In 1953, Walt Disney made his famous movie of the nearly fifty year old story. This has become the quintessential version, its music and color sweeping audiences away.
Mary Martin played Peter Pan on Broadway in 1954 at Winter Garden Theater. It ran for 152 performances with a cast album produced that is a classic today.
NBC bought the rights and produced the play on television in 1955 and 1956.