Broadway’s Kelli O’Hara Joins NBC’s ‘Peter Pan Live!’
September 10, 2014
NBC has again turned to the Great White Way before setting off for Neverland, tapping Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara for its upcoming musical “Peter Pan Live!.”
O’Hara, whose credits include “The Bridges of Madison County” and “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” will play Mrs. Darling, the mother of the three children whom Peter Pan whisks away on adventure. She joins a cast that also includes “Girls” actress Allison Williams, who is playing the title role, and Christopher Walken, who will play the villainous Captain Hook. Christian Borle, who also appeared in NBC’s “The Sound of Music Live!,” will play both Smee, the dastardly right-hand to Captain Hook, and George Darling, the no-nonsense father of the Darling children.
“Kelli O’Hara is Broadway royalty, a musical star at the top of her game,” said Robert Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman. “She will be perfect as the regal mother of the Darling children, and we look forward to her rendition of the beautiful lullaby ‘Tender Shepherd.’”
Exec producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are also relying heavily on Broadway talent for their crew. Rob Ashford (“The Sound of Music Live!,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie”) is directing and Tony Awards director/exec producer Glenn Weiss will serve as helmer for live television. David Chase (“Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella”) will serve as musical director with Derek McLane (“33 Variations”) handling production design and Catherine Zuber (“The Light in the Piazza”) overseeing costume design. Robert A. Dickinson, whose resume includes the Olympic Games and several telecasts of the Grammy Awards and the Oscars, is the lighting designer.
The “Peter Pan Live!” telecast will air Dec. 4 on NBC.