NBC has found the next musical it will mount live following its boffo ratings from the live “Sound of Music” experiment of 2013, revealing during the network’s day at the TCA winter press tour that “Peter Pan” will be broadcast live on Dec. 4, 2014.
As Chairman of NBC Entertainment Bob Greenblatt revealed on Sunday (Jan. 19), no cast has been set yet. So, you know what that means. It’s time to do the work for the network with our casting suggestions.
In the Broadway version, which is the one NBC will be producing, Peter has always been played by a woman. Greenblatt has intimated that for the NBC version, the lead will be played by, instead, by a man. With that in mind, some dudes who would be aces in the role? Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe spring to mind. Zac Efron would also be a solid second-string choice, harkening back to his “High School Musical” days. Should NBC change their mind and stick with tradition? We’d suggest Kate McKinnon from “SNL.” The comedienne would likely pull off the role wonderfully.
As the eldest Darling child lost in Neverland, and following in the Carrie Underwood tradition of casting a music superstar in the lead female role, Taylor Swift immediately seems like a solid choice. Budding pop starlet and Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande may not be a blonde, but she’d likely be lovely in the role. And if we suggest Efron, we’d be remiss if we didn’t nominate Vanessa Hudgens as his leading lady. “HSM” 4-EVA.
Whoever lands in the villainous role, they’ve got to be ready to chew some major scenery. In that respect, we’d love to nominate Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion and Jason Segel. They can all sing, they can all rock a black wig and each would be fabulous. Also, we’d kind of love to see NBC keep Stephen Moyer as their anchor for every live musical until they give them up. Get him a hook!
In the Broadway version, Tink is represented by just a light, which Greenblatt admits NBC will do as well. But we’ve just got to say — Kristen Chenowith is Tinkerbell incarnate. We don’t know how this would work, but it should happen anyway.
Who do you think NBC should cast in “Peter Pan”?