PETER PAN in COLOR starring MARY MARTIN, CYRIL RITCHARD, LYNNE FONTANNE, MAUREEN BAILEY, MARGALO GILMORE, SONDRA LEE and JOE E. MARKS
An entire generation of baby boomers grew up with this magical Jerome Robbins production, which originated on Broadway but was broadcast several times on NBC TV. They may not know Mary Martin (Larry Hagman”s mom) or Cyril Ritchard--two giants of the theater in their time--for any other reason, but they'll always be able to name them as Peter Pan and Captain Hook. Martin was 47 at the time of this 1960 color production, and her athleticism is astounding--anyone who has ever done wire work will tell you that it is very difficult to do, and to make it look effortless. Ritchard will always be the definitive Hook, funny, sly, charming, evil, and having more fun than an actor half his age (he was 63 in 1960!). The story of the boy who wouldn't grow up includes a classic score by Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Carolyn Leigh with songs that can bring a tear of nostalgia to the eyes of children from 9 to 90 like "I Won't Grow Up," "I've Gotta Crow," and the too-beautiful-for-words "Neverland." The flying, the goofy comedy, the Lost Boys, the Indians, the none-too-bright Pirates--it's all there in this video recording of the classic TV broadcast. It's hard to know what sophisticated modern youngsters would make of it, but their parents will gladly sit and watch with them. I’m flying!