“Girls” actress Allison Williams, who will star in the title role of the upcoming NBC production of “Peter Pan Live!,” is not daunted by the prospect of performing the classic musical in front of millions of TV watchers.
“I’m not scared because everyone is working to the best of their ability,” Williams told The New York Post. “I am really type A in this preparation. And the other thing is that my biggest training ground is improv. I’ll know how to handle things if something goes wrong. The myriad things that can go wrong is why most of America will tune in.”
America will have the chance to tune in Dec. 4 at 8 PM ET. The musical will also star Christopher Walken as Captain Hook, five-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara (The Bridges of Madison County) as Mrs. Darling, Tony Award winner Christian Borle (Peter and the Starcatcher) as Mr. Darling and Smee, Taylor Louderman (Bring It On) as Wendy and Alanna Saunders (Gypsy) as Tiger Lily.
About Williams co-star Walken told the Post, “She’s wonderful. She’s beautiful. She’s very believable as Peter. And she has a beautiful voice.”
Neil Meron, who is co-producing with Craig Zadan, added, “We love the fact that she’s new. We love the fact that she’s on the rise, no pun intended. And to have her in combination with the coolest of the cool, Mr. Christopher Walken, seems like the right DNA for this project.”
And, what about that flying?
Williams said, “The hardest thing is to face direction. You’re on an axis, your spinning around in circles. They determine how high you go, side-to-side. It’s up to you to face a certain direction. Each is incredibly difficult and requires a lot of practice.”
It’s getting closer!
As excitement mounts for Peter Pan Live!, new artwork has been released for the holiday musical event airing on NBC on Dec. 4.
Allison Williams, who plays the title character, is front and center with a mischievous grin as she flies high into the night sky, a bit of pixie dust swirling around her.
Captain Hook, played by Christopher Walken, lurks above her, the hook gleaming.
Williams began flight training for the role in August, and tells PEOPLE that flying through the air is “about as fun as you can imagine.”
She admits that the harness mechanism “becomes uncomfortable really quickly, but that first moment when you are lifted off the ground is just utter bliss. It’s a shame we were not built to be airborne.”
The Girls star has used her Instagram account to document her transformation into the character.
I’ve updated the Allison Williams Online gallery with one new still from Peter Pan.
I’ve added to the Allison Williams Online Gallery with one new still from “Peter Pan.”