'Peter' not panned in NBC's live broadcast

December 5, 2014 4:43 AM

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True, Thursday's live musical on NBC didn't always soar, but it did generally manage to stay off the ground — or at least it did when it stuck closely to the original musical. But when it wandered into new, less-enchanted territory,the production threatened to become, well, earthbound.

For those moments when Peter took flight, much of the credit goes to a game performance by Allison Williams as Peter. She's not as skilled a musical-theater performer as Mary Martin, the icon who created the role in the Broadway original and recreated it on TV in two live productions, and a third th...

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