Posts Tagged ‘Peter Pan’

Memo to Masochists: NBC’s Banal Version of “Peter Pan” Set to Air Again Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, December 12th, 2014
OMG, OMG, OMG what a waste…

OMG, OMG, OMG what a waste…

By Larry Murray

Some loved it, and some hated it. Being a theater critic with a decidedly acidic opinion of commercial-laden and low-brow television, NBC’s made-for-TV re-telling of the classic children’s story Peter Pan was doomed from the start. Perhaps it is because Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard are no longer around to show a new generation how it is done. A wooden Christopher Walken and a smiley Allison Williams lip-synched most of the songs.

Below are five of the songs in the current television version and two from the famous earlier telecast in 1960 – Mary Martin singing “I’m Flying” and Cyril Ritchard camping it up in “Captain Hook’s Waltz.” He is also wearing the proper hook, the double one on the right hand, the one which the crocodile ate, not the single one seen on Christopher Walken’s left hand.

But what really furrowed my brow was the claim that this was going to bring a whole new audience into live theater.

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“Look, Mom, They’re Flying!” – Peter Pan Takes to the Stage and the Air at the Colonial, Aug. 8-18 [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, August 8th, 2013
Cast of Peter Pan in rehearsal. Photo: Abby LePage

Cast of Peter Pan in rehearsal. Photo: Abby LePage

It will be a magical moment when Peter, Wendy, John and Michael go on an adventure to Never Land as they literally fly across the stage at the Colonial Theatre. This classic tale of pirates, fairies, mermaids and lost boys, filled with beloved songs such as “Never Never Land,” “I Won’t Grow Up,” and “I’m Flying,” will have audiences of all ages believing in magic. This production marks the first time actors have been flown through the Colonial Theatre. BTG hired Hall Associates Flying Effects, a division of Nunnally Enterprises, Inc. to create flying stunts for the principal actors: Peter, Wendy, John and Michael. Peter will be flown over head, across the audience and onto the stage in every performance. Wendy, John, and Michael will also fly in the Colonial Theatre all with the help of specially trained technicians.

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