‘Peter Pan Live’: Why NBC Will Cast Female Lead For 2014 Musical Event

Kristen Bell was a top choice but had a scheduling conflict


Peter Pan
Who says there are no good roles for women?

NBC confirmed today that it will cast a female lead in its upcoming musical production of PETER PAN LIVE.

“We were talking about doing it with a man at one point,” network programming boss Bob Greenblatt told reporters at the annual Television Critics Association Press Tour.

But ultimately, Greenblatt says, they nixed the idea because the music is written for a women’s voice.

“If you suddenly cast a man, he is not going to have the same register voice that a woman would, so you would have to rescore the entire show for a woman’s voice.  That is what makes it hard.  I would love to do it with a guy, but it would be a slightly different approach to the score.”

According to Greenblatt, the title role has not yet been cast — though he recently joked about wanting to hire Miley Cyrus.

“We are looking for somebody who we think will be great tin the role,” he says.  

“We have had several women who wanted to do it but their schedules didn’t permit.  It is not like we can film this at any point.  We need that person from August 5 to September 5.  So that knocks out the Kristen Bells of the world, who was somebody that I talked to about doing it and she was interested, but she is doing HOUSE OF LIES.  And she is pregnant.  But it has been tricky finding the right person in the schedule we needed.  We are actually close.”

PETER PAN LIVE will air December 4 on NBC.

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