Not all magic and fairy dust for live TV production of Peter Pan

Fri Dec 5, 2014 1:02pm EST
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 9 million people tuned in to watch a high-flying Allison Williams as Peter Pan and a tap-dancing Christopher Walken as Captain Hook in a live television production of the classic musical that drew mixed reactions from fans and critics.

The three-hour "Peter Pan Live!" that aired on NBC on Thursday night on the Comcast-owned network followed last year's live production of "The Sound of Music." It drew half the 18.5 million viewers who saw last year's show, NBC said.

But not everyone was enthralled by the latest version of the beloved children's story about the boy who refuses to grow up and the one-handed pirate.

Viewers who found the production lackluster, wooden or odd turned to social media to vent their disappointment.

"Weird that the 'lost boys' are grown men," tweeted actress Mia Farrow.

"I'm watching #Peter Pan but it looks more like a gay pride parade," comedian Dane Cook said on Twitter.

"Honestly at this point, I'm just sticking around to see that psycho in the crocodile outfit again," tweeted Adam Lusici.

Oscar winner Walken, 71, drew the most varied comments for his laid-back, sashaying portrayal of Hook, which some likened to an aging Jack Sparrow in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films.   Continued...

Actress Allison Williams arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit in Upper Manhattan, New York, May 5, 2014.   REUTERS/Lucas Jackson