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Whether you thought NBC’s recent The Sound of Music live broadcast was a welcome family friendly broadcast or the social media snarkfest of the season, the musical gained big numbers for the network. So it’s no surprise that NBC is gearing up for a second event and inviting one of the most unique voices in Hollywood to play the bad guy.
The Hollywood Reporter today revealed that Christopher Walken will play Captain Hook in the network’s planned broadcast of Peter Pan, reteaming the actor with producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron for whom he tap danced in the John Waters musical adaptation of Hairspray.
“He’s one of the most unique actors in our business,” Greenblatt told the trade. “He might really just be a song and dance man at heart. … This might be the first tap dancing Captain Hook you’ve ever seen.”
“I started my career in musicals and it’s wonderful after all this time, at this point in my career, to be in this classic musical I watched as a child and to work with Neil Meron and Craig Zadan again after Hairspray. It’s a chance to put on my tap shoes again,” said Walken.
Originally staged in 1954, the Peter Pan musical set JM Barrie’s classic play to music and has since been a perennial high school favorite thanks in part to NBC’s telecasts in the ’50s and ’60s starring Mary Martin. The producers of this new TV version revealed that they’ll be keeping with the show’s tradition of casting a woman as the boy who won’t grow up, but they’ve had trouble finding the right star after losing Frozen actress Kristen Bell to her shooting schedule for Showtime’s House of Lies.
There’s no date yet set for NBC’s next live musical production, but it can be assumed that when the curtain raises on Peter Pan, Walken will provide some uniquely Tweet-worthy moments.