Thursday, July 12, 2012
A FLIGHT OF FANTASY IN LIVING COLOR - PETER PAN - NBC-TV - CIRCA 1960
There are moments in television that defy description.
They are simply sublime in execution and satisfying to watch.
Even in a high velocity medium like TV, sometimes it's best to let the story ,the music, the production values and the performances stand on their own.
I think that's true in the case of NBC-TV's vaunted, vibrant,1960 presentation of PETER PAN.
This was the Peacock Network's second time bringing Sir James M. Barrie's classic tale to a mass, television audience, having first staged it in 1954, to wide acclaim.
Posted below, from the MJC545 YOU TUBE site, is a lofty and lively production that starred Mary Martin as Peter and Cyril Ritchard as the villainous Captain Hook.
It was staged on Broadway and for NBC by Jerome Robbins, while it was Directed by Vincent J. Donohue.
This production is evocative and entertaining, and that may the best we can ask of network television, even today.