Taylor Louderman, the star of Broadway’s Bring It On musical, has landed the plum role of Wendy Darling in the upcoming NBC airing of Peter Pan Live!, according to The Wrap. Also announced for the live telecast is newcomer Alanna Saunders in the role of Tiger Lily, joining previously announced Allison Williams as Pan, Christopher Walken as Captain Hook and Kelli O'Hara as Mrs. Darling. Peter Pan Live! will air on December 4 at 8PM EST.
Louderman made her Broadway debut as Campbell in Bring It On in 20012, having first played the role on the show's national tour. More recently, she played Sandy in Grease at Paper Mill Playhouse and has also starred in regional productions of Annie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Aida. Saunders played June in Connecticut Repertory Theatre's summer staging of Gypsy opposite Leslie Uggams and also starred as Morales in the theater's production of A Chorus Line.
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 show 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.”.
The broadcast is the Peacock Network's follow-up to the highly rated Sound of Music Live!, which featured Carrie Underwood along with many Broadway favorites.