Allison Williams can take a bow, as the ‘Girls’ actress surprisingly held her own as the titular character in NBC’s live ‘Peter Pan’ production on Dec. 4. But her performance was no match for Christopher Walken, who completely stole the show!
While many will agree that the lavish production of ‘Peter Pan Live!’ wasn’t without its problems, Allison Williams wasn’t one of them. The show’s star shined as she maneuvered her way through difficult choreography and a powerful score that would’ve tested even a seasoned Broadway pro. And she wasn’t bad in-flight either!
Allison Williams: ‘Peter Pan’ Performance — Charming, But Not Without It’s Problems
Allison delivered a solid performance in an ambitious and problematic production that made tuning in for the 3-hour show worth the effort. Her portrayal of the boy who would never grow up was likable and charming. There were scenes, particularly ones shared with Christopher Walken‘s Captain Hook, where she fully embraced Peter’s childlike splendor. She also clearly put in the air time practicing her flying maneuvers. Spins, flips, twirls — she did Cathy Rigby (‘Peter Pan’ predecessor and former gymnast) proud with her flying technique!
Still, there were times when the role got away from her. She had a rough start, looking visibly winded during numbers involving calculated choreography, like “I’ve Gotta Crow.” Also, it would’ve been nice to have seen her tap into her more cocky, arrogant side, especially during “I Won’t Grow Up,” when Peter outright defies the idea of being an adult. And while she delivered in flight, she struggled with fight, looking positively awkward and unbalanced throughout the finale battle with Hook. But overall, she clearly committed to the part and gave 100% in every scene — and we applaud that!
‘Peter Pan Live’: Christopher Walken Steals The Show
Sorry, did we say ‘Walken”? We meant to say “Tappin'” — because Christopher’s version of the dastardly Captain Hook sure could cut a rug! Seriously, who knew that he could dance like that — and with such enthusiasm! Though seemingly an odd choice, Christopher exceeded all expectations with his performance as the infamous pirate; from tap-dancing to tangos to delightful banter with his crew. True, he noticeably relied heavily on cue cards — and again, the final fight was just ghastly — but this was a role that he was obviously born to play!
And lest us not forget the incomparable Kelli O’Hara as Mrs. Darling (good thinking giving her an extra song) and Christian Borle, who was awfully handsome as Mr. Darling — and downright sexy as Mr. Smee. Yeah, we said it! When were his bulging biceps not stealing the scene they were in?
HollywoodLifers, let us know what you thought! Did you love the live show — or not?!
— Dina Sartore-Bodo