Some couldn’t help but compare Alison Williams to Mary Martin during NBC’s “Peter Pan Live” performance Thursday night. Many referred to Martin as the “true” Pan after she played the boy who never grows up in 1960.
There seemed to be a handful of people who thought Williams did a good job.
Snark aside, Alison Williams is quite good. The production limits her, but she's aces so far in terms of energy & engagement. #PeterPanLive
— Ryan McGee (@TVMcGee) December 5, 2014
All joking aside, Alison Williams is pretty great. #PeterPanLive
— Damian Holbrook (@TVGMDamian) December 5, 2014
— JuliaSpencer-Fleming (@JSpencerFleming) December 5, 2014
For the most part, however, sentiments like “Martin would be rolling over in her grave” were popular.
Mary Martin is rolling in her grave right now. #PeterPanLive
— Angela Lundberg (@aclundberg) December 5, 2014
Others referred to Martin as the one and only Peter Pan.
Watching the Mary Martin version of Peter Pan... the only version. Sorry, #LivePeterPan.
— Jess Katz (@LedJesselin) December 5, 2014
— Rita Lou n Gracie 2 (@flynnrita149) December 5, 2014
Never forget the true Peter Pan: Mary Martin. pic.twitter.com/NTt7bPVRDy
— Shannon Walsh (@walshannon8) December 5, 2014
Some were just happy Martin was remembered.
— L.N. Smithee (@LNSmithee) December 5, 2014
You know it's an amazing day for musical theatre when Mary Martin is trending. #PeterPanLive
— Brandon Adam (@TheBrandonAdam) December 5, 2014
MARY MARTIN IS TRENDING. #PeterPanLive
— AnnoyingActorFriend (@Actor_Friend) December 5, 2014
Few commented on the fact that a woman played Peter Pan, which wasn't the case when Williams revealed that she landed the role. "It's just so funny because I've been reading and learning a lot about the creation of Peter Pan and it's typically always been a woman. It's just so funny to me that that became a question," she told People magazine. "There were so many comments like, 'Weird how a woman is playing Peter Pan.’”
And she’s right. There’s a long history of Peter Pan being played by a woman, Slate noted. But Williams and Martin aren’t the only women to play Pan in recent years. Sandy Duncan and Cathy Rigby have also taken the flight to Neverland.
Check out what Twitter users had to say about Christopher Walken’s rendition of Captain Hook.
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