Original Tiger Lily Sondra Lee Talks NBC's PETER PAN LIVE!: 'I Wish Them Well'
In a new interview posted in today's New York Post, Sondra Lee, who portrayed Tiger Lily in the 1954 Broadway production of PETER PAN, as well as the 1955 telecast, spoke about Thursday night's live broadcast on NBC.
The 84-year-old actress revealed that she won't tune in on December 4th, although she sends nothing but good thoughts for the new productions . "I just can't bear it," says Lee. "I wish them well, but I have such wonderful memories of ours, of Jerry Robbins, his dances, his mind, of Mary and the adorable Cyril."
She continued, "The only person I'd be fascinated to see is Chris," Lee says of Christopher Walken, who'll play Hook. "Because he's a song-and-dance man and he's insane. Cyril was silly. Chris will be silly, but also demented."
Speaking on the 1955 TV broadcast, the actress admits the cast and crew were in general, very naive. "What did we know about camera angles back then?... Honestly, we had no idea how many people would be watching."
One of the big changes in Thursday night's version is a new song performed by Tiger Lilly and written by Amanda Green, whose father Adolph composed the show's original score with Betty Comden. Titled "True Blood Brothers", the number is considered to be more sensitive to the Native American population compared to the original song titled "Ugg-a-Wugg." "There was no such thing as political correctness when we did the show," says Lee. "The song is about word games, and kids play word games all the time . People come up to me all the time and say, 'Ugg-a-Wugg'! They love it. If you have a classic, don't mess with it. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"
Read the interview in full here.
Allison Williams will portray Peter Pan in the highly anticipated PETER PAN LIVE on NBC.The 'Girls' star takes on the role of the boy who refuses to grow up and who is forced to confront the villainous Captain Hook, played by Oscar winner Christopher Walken when the J.M. Barrie's classic musical comes to NBC on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will executive produce the broadcast. The duo are accomplished in both television and film, having earned 103 Emmy nominations. They were the driving force behind several stage-to-screen musicals, including the film version of "Hairspray" and TV adaptation of "Cinderella," as well as executive producing the NBCdrama "Smash," which earned a Golden Globe nomination. They were also nominated for a Tony Award in 2011 for "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and also produced the revival of "Promises, Promises" to the Broadway stage in 2010. In addition, the duo executive produced the 2002 Oscar-winning film "Chicago."