Peter Pan (1976 musical)

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Peter Pan
Directed by Dwight Hemion
Produced by Dwight Hemion, Gary Smith
Written by Screenplay:
Andrew Birkin
Jack Burns
Novel and play:
J. M. Barrie
Starring Mia Farrow
Danny Kaye
Music by Anthony Newley
Leslie Bricusse
Release date
December 12, 1976
Country United States
Language English

Peter Pan is a 1976 Hallmark Hall of Fame made-for-television musical film adaptation of J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up starring Mia Farrow as Peter Pan and Danny Kaye as Captain Hook, and with Sir John Gielgud narrating. Julie Andrews sang one of the songs, "Once Upon a Bedtime", off-camera over the opening credits.[1] It aired on NBC at 7:30pm on Sunday, December 12, 1976, capping off the program's 25th year on the air.[1] The program did not use the score written for the highly successful Mary Martin version which had previously been televised many times on NBC. Instead, it featured 14 new and now forgotten songs, written for the production by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse. The story was adapted by Andrew Birkin (who would subsequently become a leading Barrie scholar) and Jack Burns. Although it was an American production with two American stars, most of the cast was British.

This version of Peter Pan won an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children's Programming for Jenn de Joux's and Elizabeth Savel's visual effects, and was nominated for Outstanding Children's Special, however it was not rebroadcast. But it was featured in 2011 at the Paley Center in New York City as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival.[2]



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In 1976, this was the second of two TV musical adaptations of a children's classic starring Danny Kaye and a female as a young boy. On March 27, 1976, CBS teleast Pinocchio with Kaye as Gepetto and Sandy Duncan in the title role.


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