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The nostalgia doesn't quite convey, no matter how hard one claps for a computer-generated, Lunesta butterfly-like Tinker Bell. Old musicals tend to run long and come across as strangely convoluted.
The character of Peter Pan will clearly survive this live event, but it remains to be seen if NBC's lacklustre Peter Pan Live! killed off the network's brave experiment in live theatre.
Much of Peter Pan Live! was lovely and entertaining, and tearing it apart seems mean-spirited, because having a live (live!) musical on television in 2014 is such a remarkable thing.
Unlike Martin, she's [Allison Williams] available. And unlike Underwood, she can act -- which is a major improvement, and one that allows Peter Pan to be counted as a success.
Ms. Williams convincingly pulled off a British accent and was, all in all, a confident, lively and suitably impudent Peter Pan.
That crocodile, which appeared to be played half by CGI robots and half by an actor in a lycra body suit, was the trough of the show's oscillation between earnest musical theater and all-out insanity.
I suppose Meron and Zadan can't really be blamed for wanting to make a legitimately good show, but in succeeding, they've also taken all the life out of the experience.
With eye-popping sets, gorgeous songs, and zesty acting, Peter Pan Live! is a worthy version of a well-worn story.
The show seemed like a slowly deflating balloon.
Except for the occasional Christopher Walken as Captain Hook oddity, Peter Pan Live! became a dutiful, perfectly fine, surprisingly dull evening of television.
Watching Walken ham it up was a treat as always, but a few gleeful minutes of watching him tap dance is hardly worth three hours of anyone's life.
Though punishingly overlong and occasionally flat-footed, NBC's Thursday broadcast of Peter Pan Live! was another honorably ambitious and sporadically enjoyable attempt to bring the thrill of musical theater into America's living rooms.
Incredibly embarrassing effort from Christopher Walken who looked so much like he was reading from cue cards that the off-rhythm performance couldn't be chocked up to his usually characteristic insouciance. Allison Williams is beautiful and fit with a crystal clear singing voice to boot, but she didn't really bring much to the character of Peter Pan. She wasn't particularly funny, bold, boyish, or anything - just an adult woman speaking and singing the lines of a teenage boy. Broadway star Kelli O'Hara as Mrs. Darling and Taylor Louderman as Wendy were the highlights.
I know the point of Peter Pan is to never let go of that wonder and curiosity you had as a child, but the mothering theme is so awkward. Wendy's bending over backwards here for this boy who hardly knows she exists as a romantic interest. Are all men essentially looking to marry their mothers? Do all women grow up to be mothers? Is it kosher to send your daughter off to "mother" this perpetual boy you once crushed on?
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