NBC's Peter Pan Live! Adds Smash's Christian Borle — But There's a Twist

Christian Borle Peter Pan

The latest addition to NBC’s Peter Pan Live! is sure to make the production a Smash hit. (Don’t judge the pun. You knew it was coming.)

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Christian Borle (Smash) will pull double duty as Mr. Darling (Wendy and the boys’ father) and Smee (Captain Hook’s bumbling assistant), our sister site Deadline reports. This is a bit of a departure from the original Broadway production, in which the actor playing Mr. Darling also took on the role of Captain Hook. In NBC’s Pan, Hook will be played by Christopher Walken.

In addition to Smash, Borle also co-starred in NBC’s production of The Sound of Music, playing Max Detweiler. And no stranger to the pirate’s life, Borle won a Tony Award for his performance as Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher.

Peter Pan Live! will premiere on Thursday, Dec. 4.

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20 Comments
  1. Zack Quinti says:

    he should have been hook

  2. wordsmith says:

    Seems practical, based on the casting, but I can’t help but feel that some of the symbolism of the original dual role will be lost.

    • Nell on Wheels says:

      I agree. It’s like the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion in “The Wizard of Oz” turning out to be Hunk, Hickory and Zeke, and the same actor playing Professor Marvel / The Wizard of Oz / The Gatekeeper / The Carriage Driver / The Guard.

  3. Jenna says:

    Happy to see him in this!

  4. Izzie Duquette says:

    You really should include that Borle won a Tony in 2012 for his performance as Black Stache in “Peter and the Starcatcher” – so he kind of HAS played Hook before, and in an absolutely hilarious way, too. I was laughing so hard I cried when I saw him on Broadway.The play is a quasi-prequel to Peter Pan, so I was puzzled not to see this mentioned here.

  5. JohnD says:

    Dare I hope we’re one step closer to Laura Benanti as Nana?

  6. Tom says:

    Audra or bust.

    • Nell on Wheels says:

      For what role? She’s way too old for Wendy, and the only other female characters that sing are Tiger Lily.(not quite the role for Audra) and Mrs. Darling, who only sings the beginning of “Tender Shepherd” and then doesn’t come back until a short scene at the end.

  7. Drew says:

    Meh. At this point, I’d kinda like to see a musical on TV without this guy on it.

  8. Michael says:

    bored already with this casting.

  9. uh huh says:

    Borle is great, but for God’s sake, NBC needs to cast PATRICK WILSON in one of these musicals. So many people have no idea what an amazing voice he has. (Incidentally, he and Borle are college classmates and good friends.)

  10. delfiteblu says:

    I love Christian Borle and have since SMASH. He’ll be great – he could read the phone book and I’d be happy. :)

  11. Maureen Johnston says:

    Borle should be Hook and Mr. Darling as well.

  12. Mm says:

    The point of the Hook/ Mr. Darling role share seems that it was an extension of the Hook is Mr. Darling metaphor. In the children’s real lives, Mr. Darling is the reticent, fun-spoiling villain the same as Hook is for Pan. There is no Darling/ Smee metaphor, so it makes no sense to share the role! (Other traditionally shared roles on Broadway have had similar symbolism: Wolf/ Prince Charming in Into the Woods comes to mind)