Okay, I thought that that last Mary Martin video would be the last Mary Martin video for a while. But it's too hard to pass up this one.
This whole series began with the discussion of NBC announcing that they will be doing a new, live production of Peter Pan, made famous of course with Mary Martin's live production over 50 years ago.
Here is that production. Not a clip -- the whole thing. This is when they re-made it in color, in 1960.
Even if you don't watch the whole thing, or jump forward to some of the songs, just watching the opening credits is magical. But I watched a good deal, and...well, it's joyous. Especially the opening 15 minutes and the last 10.
By the way, in a very minor footnote, when the production opens, you see the maid, Liza, scrubbing the floor. It's a tiny role, though she follows them all the Never Land, and even sings a duet with Peter near the very end, a reprise of "I Gotta Crow," when she learns to break out of her shell. In the original Broadway production, the role was played by Heller Halliday -- who was Mary Martin's real-life daughter. In the production, since unlike Peter, real-life daughters do grow up, the credits show it's played by a young girl named Jacqueline Mayro. The name was familiar to me, so I checked it out and was right -- the year before this TV version, Jacqueline Mayro played the role of 'Baby June' on Broadway in the original production of Gypsy.
So, for those of you who haven't fully yet grown up while reading this, here is Peter Pan. The standard how all others are judged by.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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