Why Is Peter a Girl? An Oral History of Peter Pan the Musical

An Oral History Of 'Peter Pan' The Musical

On December 4, NBC will try to recreate the ratings success of last year’s The Sound of Music with the family friendly Peter Pan Live!, starring GirlsAllison Williams and Oscar winner Christopher Walken. The beloved musical with a book by Sir James M. Barrie, music by Mark “Moose” Charlap and Jule Styne, and lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green has a long history with the Peacock Network, airing its first telecast of the Broadway show starring Mary Martin in 1955. After its initial broadcast, NBC restaged the musical live again in 1956, and then in 1960, with subsequent rebroadcasts of the last production over the course of the next three decades.

Originally conceived as a vehicle for Martin, Peter Pan the musical has continued to live on stages around the world. In preparation of the forthcoming live event, VH1 spoke with many of the key players involved in creating the lasting legacy of this classic musical to get behind-the-scenes intel on why women continue to play the boy who won’t grow up, and what really happens when you’re “flying” in that harness.

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