VIDEO: He Can Fly! Bill Murray 'Auditions' for NBC's PETER PAN LIVE on LETTERMAN
Following NBC's announcement of PETER PAN as its next live, mega-TV musical, set to air December 4, 2014, Bill Murray showed us his best singing -- and flying -- chops on LETTERMAN. Check out his "audition" for the lead role in PETER PAN below!
Murray will next appear on the big screen screen in Rock the Kasbah and B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations. He has also been cast in the TV mini-series Olive Kitteridge. His recent film credits include The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Monuments Men, Moonrise Kingdom, and more.
The PETER PAN broadcast will feature iconic songs "I'm Flying," "I've Gotta Crow," "I Won't Grow Up," and "Never Never Land," and a book full of magic, warmth, and adventure. Based on J.M. Barrie's 1904 play and his own novel adaptation, PETER PAN is a classic tale featuring a score by Morris "Moose" Charlap and Jule Styne with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green.
Originally directed and staged by Jerome Robbins, the 1954 Broadway production opened on October 20, 1954 at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York. It starred Mary Martin as Peter and Cyril Ritchard as Captain Hook. Both stars earned Tony Awards for their performances. It was followed by NBC telecasts of it in 1955, 1956, and 1960 with the same stars, plus several rebroadcasts of the 1960 telecast. The show has enjoyed several revivals onstage.
Though business was strong, the show closed in 1955 to make way for the live broadcast on NBC, with ratings of 65 million viewers--the highest ratings for a single night program at the time. NBC later broadcast the show live again in 1956 and 1960, all to strong ratings. It was also the first broadcast of a musical in color. None of NBC's telecasts took place in a theater in front of a live audience; they all were broadcast from NBC studios.