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'Peter Pan' is NBC's next live musical production

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Choreographer and director Jerome Robbins, left, and actress-singer Mary Martin, dressed in her Peter Pan oufit, fly through the air during a rehearsal for a television program in 1955. (AP Photo) Choreographer and director Jerome Robbins, left, and actress-singer Mary Martin, dressed in her Peter Pan oufit, fly through the air during a rehearsal for a television program in 1955. (AP Photo)
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NBC announced Sunday that it will air a live telecast of the classic musical "Peter Pan" in December.

On the heels of the airing of "The Sound of Music Live!" last month, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt announced the network will air a live telecast of "Peter Pan" on Dec. 4, 2014.

"We're very pleased to be underway on 'Peter Pan' as our next live holiday musical for the whole family," Greenblatt said. "We were all delighted to see how 'The Sound of Music Live!' struck such a chord in December and brought nearly 19 million people to the live telecast plus another several million viewers over the weekend."

Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who produced "The Sound of Music Live!," will again executive produce the production.

"We're thrilled to be reteaming with NBC and Bob Greenblatt in bringing 'Peter Pan' back to its roots as a live television event," Zadan and Meron said in a joint statement. "We hope to create the joy that has made this musical so beloved. We would like a whole new generation to experience 'Peter Pan' and for families across the country to share the magic."

The original Broadway production of "Peter Pan" opened on Broadway in 1954. The production was directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins and featured the iconic songs "I'm Flying," "I've Gotta Crow," "I Won't Grow Up" and "Never Never Land."

"In the hopes that lightning strikes twice, we think we've landed on another great Broadway musical ... that is a timeless classic for all audiences, young and old, who just never want to grow up," Greenblatt said.

The 1954 production starred Mary Martin as Peter and Cyril Richard as Captain Hook -- both of whom won Tony Awards for their performances. Casting of the NBC production is currently on a fast track.

The show closed in 1955 to make way for the live broadcast on NBC, with an audience of 65 million viewers — the highest rating for a single night program at the time. NBC later broadcast the show live again in 1956 and 1960 to strong ratings.

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