'Peter Pan' flies through flak

December 6, 2014 8:08 AM

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'Peter Pan' flies through flak

As you'll recall, NBC's hallowed stage show, made famous in live-on-TV performances by Mary Martin as Peter and Cyril Ritchard as Captain Hook, was resurrected Thursday, with Allison Williams (Girls) beltin' it out as Peter, Christopher Walken as a tottering, apparently Xanax'ed Captain, and Minnie Driver as the adult Wendy.

There was a lot of pressure. NBC presented this show thrice live, in 1955, 1956, and 1960. That last one became a mainstay for NBC through the years. For two generations, Martin and Ritchard were branded into memory.

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