EXCLUSIVE: Tony winner Christian Borle is finalizing a deal to pull double duty on NBC‘s live production of Peter Pan. He will play Captain Hook’s right-hand man Smee and the Darling kids’ father, Mr. Darling, opposite Allison Williams’ Peter Pan and Christopher Walken’s Captain Hook. In the original Broadway production of Peter Pan and in the 1955 live broadcast on NBC, the parts of Hook and Mr. Darling were played by the same actor, Cyril Ritchard, with Joe E. Marks playing Smee. In Steven Spielberg’s movie Hook, Smee was played by Bob Hoskins. Borle has Peter Pan-related musical experience — he won a Tony in 2012 for playing pirate Black Stache, future Captain Hook, in Peter Pan prequel Peter And The Starcatcher.
Borle is the first cast member of NBC’s hugely successful live staging of The Sound Of Music to return for the followup production of Peter Pan, which hails from the same producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. It further extends Borle’s relationship with NBC and Zadan and Meron after also starring in their Broadway-themed musical drama Smash. Borle last starred in the musical comedy revival of Little Me. Borle, repped by CAA and Management 360, is recurring on the current season of Showtime’s Masters Of Sex and will next be seen in Michael Mann’s Cyber.