Christian Borle may play Mr. Darling and Smee in the upcoming NBC telecast of Peter Pan Live! on December 4. According to Deadline, the Tony winner is in negotiation to join the previously announced Allison Williams as Pan and Christopher Walken as Captain Hook. Pan is the Peacock Network's follow-up to the highly rated Sound of Music Live!, which starred Carrie Underwood along with Borle and many Broadway favorites.
Borle's other screen credits include Masters of Sex and Smash. He won a Tony for Peter and the Starcatcher and was nominated for his performance in Legally Blonde. Additional Broadway credits include Mary Poppins, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Spamalot and Footloose.
A Great White Way family classic, Peter Pan premiered on October 20, 1954 at the Winter Garden Theatre, featuring a book by J.M. Barrie, music by Mark “Moose” Charlap and Jule Style, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, direction and choreography by Jerome Robbins and Mary Martin in the lead role of the boy who won’t grow up. NBC has broadcast the musical live a total of three times previously: in 1955 (when it reached 65 million viewers), 1956 and 1960. The musical has been revived five times on Broadway since. The tuner's classic songs include “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up” and “Never Never Land.”