NBC is releasing previews and a making-of featurette to fire up audiences for its upcoming musical Peter Pan LIVE! The musical is set to air on December 4. It stars Allison Williams (Girls) as Peter Pan and our old friend Christopher Walken as Captain Hook.
NBC opted to go with another Live musical following the massive success of The Sound of Music LIVE! That production starring Carrie Underwood as Maria drew over 18 million viewers.
In one of the released behind-the-scene clips, Williams talks about what it’s like to work with Walken, “He is so deeply cool, even when he’s not doing anything he’s better at acting than I’ve ever been. Even when he’s just sitting around, he’s funnier than I’ve ever been.” She added, “For the next generation of kids seeing this as their first Peter Pan, he will be Captain Hook.”
Walken has been in over 100 Hollywood movies over his illustrious career. But how does the Academy Award winning actor feel about performing a musical live, not only in front of an audience, but also on national network television? “I dance a little, I sing a little — ya know, that’s what I do.” However, Walken admitted that this kind of live performing is “frankly, intimidating.”
Check out a couple behind the scenes clips for the massive production:
If you doubt Christopher Walken’s dancing abilities, check out Fat Boy Slim’s video for Weapon of Choice. The iconic video was directed by Spike Jonze.
Walken, who was trained as a dancer at the Washington Dance Studio, said, “I’m very aware of rhythm. It’s constantly there. Musical theater includes the audience more. For me the audience is another character in the film or play. I’m always aware of it.”
To see more previews, interviews, and behind the scenes footage for Peter Pan LIVE! click here. The production airs on Thursday, December 4 at 8/7c.