Peter Pan Live is the next instalment in Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s YouTube series The Shows Must Go On, it has been confirmed. The musical stars Christopher Walken (Hairspray, Antz, Sleepy Hollow, Batman Returns) as Captain Hook and Allison Williams (HBO’s Girls, Netflix’s The Perfection) as the eponymous hero of Neverland.
Williams is perhaps best known for starring opposite Lena Dunham in HBO’s next-generation Sex and the City-esque series Girls. She later made a successful crossover onto the big screen in 2017’s Get Out, a racially-charged horror flick that is set to run at The Drive-In cinema in London at the Troubadour Meridian Water for one night only this summer. Williams’ role as Peter Pan follows on the longstanding tradition of casting females to portray the pubescent and arguably effeminate titular character who never grows up.
The 2014 televised production based on the hit 1954 Broadway musical of the same name features music by Moose Charlap and lyrics by Adolph Green, Betty Comden, and Carolyn Leigh. Besides reviving the tradition of casting a female into the male role of Peter Pan, the 2014 production is also noteworthy for having restored an original song that never made the cut before the show’s big premiere on Broadway.
The show stars Allison Williams as Peter Pan, Christopher Walken as Captain Hook, Taylor Louderman as Wendy, Kelli O’Hara as Mrs Darling, Christian Borle as Mr Smee and Minnie Driver acting as the Narrator.
It was announced that Peter Pan Live with Allison Williams and Christopher Walken would be screened for free on YouTube beginning on 6 June 2020 for just 48 hours but the screening has since been cancelled by Universal Pictures who made the following statement:
We will no longer be going ahead with this weekend’s show.
We stand with our black employees, colleages, partners and creators in outrage at acts of racism.
Black lives matter.
It is unconfirmed at this stage if this screening will be rescheduled.