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Peter Pan, part 5 December 28, 2007

Posted by Jeff in Comden and Green, Musicals, Peter Pan, Theater.

The titles for this telecast of Peter Pan (most of which are cut out of this tape), were designed by Sherman Labby, the late husband of my good friend Katherine Orrison. They were based on the design of the original 1904 novel of the James M. Barrie play.

Mary Martin made her Broadway debut singing “My Heart Belongs To Daddy” in the 1938 Cole Porter revue Leave It To Me. In 1943 she took on the title role in One Touch Of Venus, with lyrics by Ogden Nash, book by Nash and S. J. Perelman, and music by Kurt Weill, after Marlene Dietrich rejected the part as “too sexy and profane”. Here, accompanied by Kenny Baker and the Chet Baker Quartet, is Martin singing her hit song from that show, “Speak Low”:

(NOTE: today’s section runs 16:33)

Peter Pan
Originally broadcast December 8, 1960

Produced by Richard Halliday
Originally produced by Edwin Lester

Based on the play by James M. Barrie
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Music by Mark Charlap
Additional music by Jule Styne
Additional lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Incidental music by Elmer Bernstein and Trude Rittman
Music orchestrated by Albert Sendrey

Directed and Choreographed by Jerome Robbins

Scenic Design by Peter Larkin
Costume Design by Motley
Lighting Design by Peggy Clark

Flying Effect by Joseph Kirby
Flying Supervisor: Peter Foy


Mary Martin — Peter Pan
Cyril Ritchard — Captain Hook / Mr. Darling
Maureen Bailey — Wendy / Jane
Margalo Gillmore — Mrs. Darling
Sondra Lee — Tiger Lily
Joe E. Marks — Smee
Joey Trent — John
Kent Fletcher — Michael
Jacqueline Mayro — Liza
Edmund Gaynes — Slightly
Bill Snowden — Curly
Carson Woods — Nibs
Benedict Herrman — First Twin (as Brad Herrman)
Luke Halpin — Second Twin
David Komoroff — Tootles
Richard Wyatt — Lion
Joan Tewkesbury — Ostrich
Peggy Maurer — Wendy Grown-up
John Holland — Black Bill
Robert Vanselow — Starkey (as Bob Vanselow)
Richard Winter — Cecco
George Zima — Kangaroo
Jerry Johnson — Pirate
Frank Lindsay — Pirate
Frank Marasco — Pirate
Arthur Partington — Pirate
Jim Sisco — Pirate
Kirby Smith — Pirate
John Smolko — Pirate
Arthur Tookoian — Pirate
James B. Welch — Pirate
Linda Dangcil — Indian
George Lake — Indian
Lisa Lang — Indian
Diki Lerner — Indian
Annabelle Lyon — Indian
Robert Piper — Indian
Suzanne Rivera — Indian
Anne Wallace — Indian
Lynn Fontanne — Narrator
Norman Shelly — Nana and Crocodile

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