How do you solve a problem like trying to follow Maria?
You send in Peter Pan.
NBC's next live musical after the ratings success of "The Sound of Music" will "Peter Pan." It will air Dec. 4 this year.
"Peter Pan" is part of NBC's history. Mary Martin headlined telecasts of the Broadway musical in 1955, 1956 and 1960. "Peter Pan" opened on Broadway in 1954 and features the songs "I'm Flying," "I've Gotta Crow," "I Won't Grow Up" and "Never Never Land. " NBC noted that the musical has a book by J.M. Barrie and a score by Mark "Moose" Charlap & Carolyn Lee. Additional songs were supplied by Jule Styne & Betty Comden and Adolph Green.
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who produced NBC's "Sound of Music," will oversee the new "Peter Pan." The casting of Carrie Underwood divided "Sound of Music" viewers; NBC announced no casting for "Peter Pan" but said it is on "a fast track."
NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt said in a statement: "We're very pleased to be underway on 'Peter Pan' as our next live holiday musical for the whole family. 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. In the hopes that lightning strikes twice, we think we've landed on another great Broadway musical — which ironically also starred Mary Martin — that is a timeless classic for all audiences, young and old, who just never want to grow up."
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