'Peter Pan Live!' improves on last year's 'Sound of Music'

December 8, 2014 5:24 AM

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'Peter Pan Live!' improves on last year's 'Sound of Music'

After the popular but poor “The Sound of Music Live!,” my expectations for this year’s follow-up, “Peter Pan Live!” were low. “Music” was plagued with problems from the moment it was cast to the actual performance — hampered by its drab production value. In the year since that production, producers Craig Zaden and Neil Maron (“Smash”) have apparently learned some important lessons and pieced together an entertaining broadcast. “Peter Pan” was an improvement in almost every way from “The Sound of Music,” giving me hope that these yearly presentations will become must-see events.

“Peter Pan Live!” follows the story of the classic musical by Jule Styne, Betty Comdon and Adolph Green. When Peter Pan (Allison Williams, “Girls”) is discovered in the bedroom of the Darling Children trying to find his shadow, he teaches them how to fly and takes them away to Neverland where they p...

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