Peter Pan & The Lost Generation – Part 3 – Pan Around the World

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I saw a post regarding an item related to one of these statues, which lead me down another rabbit hole.  I was surprised to learn how many Peter Pan Statues have been erected around the world.  In my research I have seen enough to lead me to the conclusion that Mr. Barrie was not only an evil man but he was driven, inspired, directed by demonic forces.  

Check out the items posted here.  Not only places where the statues have been erected, but how the book, the play, the musical, the concepts have continued to be promoted around the world!   Though the motives behind the story and the message within the story have been proven to be evil, this story continues to be promoted as something wonderful, and delightful for children.  

The Story of Peter Pan Peter Pan is a key example of a work which has had the full modern media treatment, with numerous print versions, films, animated features, TV programs, stage adaptations and merchandise.   What is posted below is only a small remnant of the enormous amount of promotion and tribute.

If this does not make you realize how the devil works, I don’t know what will.  No matter how dark or evil a thing is, just slap a happy tune on it and weave a romantic story to go along and people will eat it up!!  Especially when it feeds their sinful, lustful, rebellious nature. 

Update 9/23/19

The Denver Park That Will Make You Feel Like You Walked Into A Fairy Tale

Posted in Denver September 19, 2017 by 

When you were a kid, did you ever read fairy tales and then dream about what it would be like to actually live in a whimsical and magical land far, far away? What if we told you that you (and/or your kids) don’t have to dream anymore and that there is a real-life fairy tale land located right here in Denver? Intrigued? Follow us as we discover Neverland via this colorful Denver park:



Peter Pan Skatepark Skate Park Address:

(Located in Peter Pan Park)

33rd and Xst Lincoln NE 68503
Peter Pan Skatepark Skate Park Hours:
Sun up to Sun down. We teach private skateboard lessons at Peter Pan Skatepark. Contact us at 800 403 2405
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Toronto, Canada
Liverpool, England
London England 
Palm Beach, Florida
Emporia, Kansas
Camden, New Jersey
Ephemeral, New York
Oamaru, New Zealand
Whanganui, New Zealand
St. John’s Newfoundland
Columbus, Ohio
Dumfries, Scottland
Weatherford, Texas

Peter Pan Sculpture at Johnson Park

The Undertow: The Statue of Peter Pan

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20070404_faces.jpg In some parts of the city, though, the imagination is engaged not by an esoteric piece of public art, but rather by something so simple it could capture the mind of a child. Take the corner of St. Clair and Avenue Road, where for almost 80 years a 14-foot statue has stood, boasting a figure that is as representative of imagination as any symbol in Western society.

The statue of Peter Pan was fashioned by Sir George Frampton, and is an exact duplicate of a statue that has resided in London’s Kensington Gardens since 1912. The location in London is extremely symbolic: it was in those same gardens that author James Barrie met the children who were the inspiration for the characters and the tale that is so well-known and loved.

The statue came to Toronto when the city acquired the small square at the north-west corner of Avenue Road and St. Clair, which is now home to Glenn Gould Park. (So, he stands in the GLEN OF GOLD PARK or GOLDEN GLEN PARK as GOULD is a celt word for GOLD) The College Heights Association asked that the park become a children’s garden, offering to raise the money to purchase a duplicate of the Peter Pan statue that was so popular with children in London. In fact, Toronto is not alone in boasting a duplicate of the statue; there are at least five others around the world, not including the original. It was installed in Glenn Gould park in 1929.

If you head to the park now you’ll see the statue still standing there, with Peter Pan surrounded by animals and other figures from the 20070404_jmbarrie.jpgstory. It really is an impressive sculpture: the animals and characters melt in and out of the base like the wisps of a dream, and Peter Pan stands above them all, looking off into the distance.

Look even closer and you’ll see the signature of James Barrie himself, (a form of spell casting I am sure.) near the back, on the bottom of the base. It’s a nice thought to think that this children’s garden bears the writing of a man from whose mind such a popular tale sprang, as if his imagination could spring right out of the statue and spill on to the streets below.

Peter Pan Park

2010  Frank Thompson 

Emporia, Kansas (Located on upland prairie, Emporia was founded in 1857, drawing its name from ancient Carthage, a place known in history as a prosperous center of commerce. Wikipedia)

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“Emporia is known for the eloquent small-town wisdom of editorials written by William Allen White, the late publisher of the Emporia Gazette… ‘The name of this municipal park derives from an editorial White wrote after the death of his young [age 16] daughter, Mary, in a [horse] riding accident. ‘She was a Peter Pan, who refused to grow up,’ White eulogized, affirming that her enthusiastic spirit remained even after her body was laid to rest.” – inscribed near White’s memorial in Peter Pan Park.The White family deeded these 52 acres to the city of Emporia for use as a public park.

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It’s Easy to be a Peter Pan in this Place

Emporia Convention and Visitors Bureau

EMPORIA, KS  – Peter Pan Park
For nearly 100 years, Peter Pan Park has been one of Emporia’s largest and most beautiful parks, with over
50 acres to explore.

The park, one of several in use during the Glass Blown Open,  has a challenging 18-hole disc golf course with a variety of features and is a favorite of many disc golfers. Additional features include a splash pad, playground, a four-acre lake, tennis and horseshoe courts, a ball field, and plenty of picnic tables and shelters throughout the park.

The original land for this historic park was donated in 1927, by author and famous Emporian, William Allen White. His daughter, Mary, had been tragically killed in a horseback riding accident at age 16. White donated the land as a tribute to Mary, writing that “she was a Peter Pan who refused to grow up.”  There is a memorial bust of William Allen White along with plaques telling Mary’s story on the southeast side of the lake.

There are several historic limestone structures throughout the park that were WPA projects, including one that was known as “Monkey Island.” Many decades ago, the Monkey Island structure was surrounded by a moat and housed several rhesus monkeys. Dynamic Disc’s Monkey Island Open, held at the park in March, takes its name from this piece of history.



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· Hosted by Emporia Parks

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM CDT
about 3 months ago

Peter Pan Park

W Randolph Ave, Emporia, Kansas 66801
You are invited to join the City of Emporia for the Grand Opening of the Splash Pad in Peter Pan Park. Made possible by the generosity of the WS & EC Jones Testamentary Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, City of Emporia Special Park Fund,


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  On this day, a century ago, James M. Barrie’s Peter and Wendy, illustrated by F. D. Bedford, was published in England by Hodder & Stoughton and in the United States by Charles Scribner’s Sons. Later editions would be titled Peter Pan and Wendy, and later still, just Peter Pan.The book was the novelization of Barrie’s successful 1904 play, Peter Pan. On opening night, at the Duke of York’s Theatre, Barrie “instructed the members of the orchestra to put down their instruments and clap when Peter appealed for help to save Tinker Bell’s life and cried out, ‘If you believe in fairies, clap your hands.’ However, there had been no need for these instructions, for the audience clapped thunderously, causing Nina Boucicault, the actress playing Peter, to burst into tears.”–from the Introduction to Peter Pan, Penguin Books, 2004, in which Jack Zipes summarizes the life of James M. Barrie and the effects he had on the Llewelyn Davies family. For more on Barrie’s “desire to possess the family who inspired his most famous creation, Peter Pan,” see “How Bad Was J. M. Barrie?” by Justine Picardie, in the Telegraph, July 13, 2008.The book Justine Picardie describes in the article is Neverland: J. M. Barrie, the Du Mauriers, and the Dark Side of Peter Pan, by Piers Dudgeon, Pegasus, 2011. Notice the Editorial Reviews and the Product Description. “Barrie later altered Sylvia’s will after her death so that he could become the boys’ legal guardian, while pushing several members of the family to nervous breakdown and suicide. Barrie’s compulsion to dominate was so apparent to those around him that D. H. Lawrence once wrote: J. M Barrie has a fatal touch for those he loves. They die.The book may be sampled at Amazon and at Google Books.It is interesting, after reading the Zipes Introduction, the Picardie article, and chapters of the Dudgeon book, to re-read Eugene Cullen Kennedy’s two-part NCR article, “Set-Decorator Catholicism: Clericalism Thrives in a New Phase of the Sex Abuse Crisis.” Part Two, in particular, “The Common Traits of Set-Decorators,” gives specific and chilling details about “eternal boys” who “play with people”.Click here for the Wikipedia article on Peter and Wendy.Click here for The Annotated Peter Pan, edited by Maria Tatar, published today for the Centennial by W. W. Norton.

You’d have to be pretty brazen (or very drunk?) to abduct a statue from a city park.

But there’s something extra heartless about making off with Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up.

It happened 14 years ago in Carl Schurz Park, along the East River. There, a bronze Peter Pan has held court in the middle of a garden since 1975.

One morning in August 1998, however, Peter Pan vanished. “The statue was made by Charles Andrew Hafner in 1928 and showed the slender youth in his distinctive feathered cap and belted tunic sitting on a tree stump with a fawn, a rabbit and a toad at his feet,” wrote The New York Times.

“It had been cut off its stone base and weighed about a thousand pounds, officials said.”

Dozens of police officers investigated—this is the park that’s home to Gracie Mansion, after all. The next day, a scuba team found it at the bottom of the East River.

After divers recovered the statue, Peter Pan went back up in his usual spot in the park, where he’s been enchanting visitors ever since.

So who did it? Though no suspect was ever identified, “investigators said the disappearance of the beloved statue from Carl Schurz Park appeared, appropriately enough, to be the work of a band of overly high-spirited youths, perhaps latter-day Lost Boys who turned on their own icon,” a follow-up Times article stated.



“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”
-J.M. Barrie

This isn’t Neverland ladies and gentlemen, but it is a statue of Peter Pan. This statute can be found in Camden and is one of Sir George Frampton’s notable works.

Among Frampton’s famous public sculptures; are the figures of Peter Pan playing a set of pipes, the lions at the British Museum and the Edith Cavell monument that stands outside the National Portrait Gallery, London.

The original statue of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, London, was commissioned by J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan, in 1912. Seven more casts were made of the statue, situated all over the world. However, the statute residing in Camden is the only one in the United States. (that is no longer true)


Picture of the Peter Pan Statue taken in the late 1930’s in Camden.

This pulsating Peter Pan statue dedicated on September 24, 1926 to the children of Camden. It resides in Johnson Park. He enjoys sprinkling his fairy dust and key to the fountain of youth on his arriving visitors.

There are other noted works of bronze art in the Park. Some are by Philadelphia sculptor Albert Laessle. Some of Laessle’s works were commissioned especially for Johnson Park, while others, including “Billy,” a playful goat, were cast from the original mold. “Billy”, “Dancing Goat”, “Pan”, and “Turtle and Duck” are among the whimsical additions to the park by Laessle.

Another famous sculptor by J. Otto Schweitzer, installed in 1930, is called,”Lily Pond Railing.” It is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece depicting a marshland habit of reeds, graceful herons and arching fish.

This is incredibly spectacular to see in such a place like Camden. Treasured works-of-art preserved as part of our past. I really hope just one day Camden could be returned to its former glory. It was a beautiful city in its day.

Until our next adventure, my friends!

-The Yummygal

“Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.”   -J.M. Barrie (Author of Peter Pan)



We’re headed to the second star to the right and then straight on ’til morning for our next Disney Movie Meal, Peter Pan.  Peter Pan has become synonymous with never growing up. Personally, I always thought it was far more impressive that he could fly, but to each his own.  Never having to grow up may sound appealing to some, however I should think it would get to be rather frustrating after awhile. I suppose it all depends on what age you are when you decide to join Peter’s crew of Lost Boys (his group of young followers).  If you were a teenager and able to drive, that might be one thing, but to perpetually be a child is a different story.


Peter Pan seems to embrace every moment of his endless youth and goes on fantastical adventures in his home of Neverland.  Sword fighting with pirates, rescuing a Native American princess, and flying a pirate ship makes Neverland life seem pretty exciting. Having a merry band of followers and a loyal pixie by your side must make things all the more fun!

Peter Pan and his pixie companion, Tinker Bell, are both available to meet and greet when you visit Walt Disney World. Tinker Bell can be found in the Town Square Theater, in her own little Pixie Hollow. Peter Pan prefers to be in Fantasyland, right next door to the attraction themed to his adventures, Peter Pan’s Flight. You can even try a Peter Pan themed snack at Storybook Treats.


We honored Peter Pan and Tinker Bell with a Neverland dinner. In the movie, Peter Pan gets his nemesis Captain Hook to call himself a codfish in exchange for letting him go and promising never to return. So we made “I (am not) a Codfish!” with a side of wild rice and balsamic roasted kale and butternut squash. To drink, a Pixie Punch! Our Pixie Punch was easy to make. We mixed lemon-lime soda with strawberry lemonade, then added some pixy stix crystals to sprinkle in as our fairy dust, then we used pixy stix to coat the rim of the glass before pouring in our punch. It certainly did not help us to fly but I hope Tinker Bell would approve of our recipe!


While we enjoyed our escapades with Captain Hook and Peter Pan, it’s time for us to head home. Neverland is a wonderful place to visit, but I don’t think I’d like to live there. Besides, we’ve got some furry friends to meet up with for our next Disney Movie Meal Challenge.


Peter Pan in Oamaru, New Zealand

5 April 2013


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Thomas J. Clapperton’s Wonderland in Oamaru Public Gardens is inspired by Sir George Frampton’s 1912 statue of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens in London, and is often called the Peter Pan statue. Instead of Peter Pan in a tunic at the top of the structure, though, here there is a young boy in short trousers with a young girl.
There are many similarities to the sculpture in London, and not least the essential pyramidal structureand here, for instance, a fairy (albeit much smaller than Frampton’s) is staring up at the male figure.
 Pan playing the pipes recalls J. M. Barrie’s character’s name.  (so this Pan is not Peter Pan, but the Goat God PAN)
(This Statue is not a reproduction of the original this one was created by another artist.)
And all around the metal base are fairies, rabbits and mice: it all seems so familiar, but it’s still a feast for the eyes:
Below is a link to my earlier post for comparison:

This week’s is the penultimate S5 episode of FOX’s hit musical dramedy series Gleeand some very special surprises are in store – including a PETER PAN tribute courtesy of Chris Colfer!

GLEE star Chris Colfer penned the ep, titled “Old Dog, New Tricks” and took to Twitter to share his excitement about the various guest stars appearing, writing, “June SquibbTim Conway, and Billy Dee Williams are in the episode of Glee I wrote!!! #OldDogsNewTricks“.

Additionally, Colfer recently posted a pic of himself in full Peter Pan garb alongside Squibb herself, captioning it, “It’s a production of “Peter Pan” you’ll never forget!#OldDogsNewTricks“.

Additionally, Colfer recently posted some behind the scenes videos of his preparation to take flight as Peter Pan himself, as well.

Colfer shared, “My first time in the harness for #OldDogsNewTricks! Who’s excited for Tuesday???” and later wrote, “Racked up some serious frequent flyer miles during #OldDogNewTricks rehearsal.”

Follow Chris Colfer on Twitter here and Instagram here.

The official description of GLEE’s “Old Dog, New Tricks” is as follows: “In an episode written by series star Chris Colfer, Rachel attempts to salvage her reputation among Broadway gossipers by hiring Santana as her publicist and creating a charity for rescue animals. Meanwhile, Kurt (Colfer) nabs the lead role in a retirement home production of Peter Pan.”

View the behind the scenes videos of Chris Colfer taking to the air in PETER PAN onGlee below.

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Peter Pan Statue – Weatherford, TX


The Peter Pan statue is located in front of the Weatherford Public Library at 1214 Charles Street, near Soldier Spring Park in Weatherford, Texas.

The statue is a bronze likeness of actress Mary Martin as the ever-youthful character of Peter Pan, a role she made famous on Broadway and two TV presentations of the play – one in 1955 and then again in 1960. Mary Martin won Tony Awards for performances in “Peter Pan” and later, “The Sound of Music.” She continued in the 1960s with successful touring roles.

Sculpted by Ronald Thomason and cast by Metz Castleberry, the statue was dedicated on July 4, 1976. A plaque at the base of the statue reads: “A tribute to the genius of Weatherford’s Mary Martin who brought a myth to life for America’s millions.”

There was an exhibit containing some original music scores, costumes, and other memorabilia on Ms. Martin within the Weatherford Public Library, but these items have since been incorporated into the Doss Heritage and Culture Center.

Years earlier, another statue was dedicated to Mary Martin. It was placed in Cherry Park at 300 S. Alamo Street not far from Martin’s childhood home at 314 W Oak Street. According to one source, back in the 1970s, some Mineral Wells students tore the fiberglass statue down.


A September, 1963 newspaper article recorded this information about the statue dedication in Martin’s hometown of Weatherford, Texas:

“MARTIN HONORED — Mary Martin, who floated through the air with the greatest of ease in the Broadway and television production- of “Peter Pan,” will be honored today as the Texas town of Weatherford.

Today most of Weatherford’s 15,000 residents will gather in Cherry Park, a block from her former home, to dedicate a statue of Peter Pan in her honor.

Mayor Jack H Borden has declared a town holiday, and proclaimed ‘ Mary Martin Peter Pan Day.”

Mary Martin won’t be in Weatherford as the high school band entertains with some of her most famous numbers. She’s in Detroit, second and last stop for “Jennie” before the Broadway opening in Oct. 17th. Critics have pointed out many flaw in the musical since its first showing in Boston.

Her daughter, Heller 21 who appeared in the New York production of “Peter Pan” with her mother will address the crowd as the statue is unveiled. She’ll read a portion of Mary Martin’s unfinished autobiography in which the talented actress describes what living in the small Texas town as a child meant to her.

Weatherford, 25 miles west of Ft. Worth, has constructed a six foot stone pedestal from which the 10-foot statue of Peter Pan will look down on passersby and playing children. The plaque below the statue reads: Peter Pan – A tribute to the genius of Weatherford’s Mary Martin who brought a myth to life for America’s millions”

Mary Martin made her theatrical debut at the age of five in the annual Weatherford Fireman’s Ball. A few years later, in the town’s only movie house, she first saw – Peter Pan” in the silent film starring Betty Bronson.

Peter Pan gave her an opportunity to display all her singing, dancing and acting abilities, and the history of show business is likely to record that the story of the child who refused to grow up was Mary Martin s most famous and lasting role.”

Pay tribute to Robin Williams at the Peter Pan monument in London

Following the tragic news of the death of one of the greatest comedians and actors of all time, fans of Robin Williams around the world will be paying tribute to him by reliving some of the greatest on-screen moments of his career.

Among the many hugely popular movies in which Williams starred was the 1991 smash hit Hook, in which he played a grown-up Peter Pan who returns to Neverland following an extended absence and must rediscover his past before defeating Captain Hook.

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Watching the film is a great way to commemorate the passing of the actor himself, although if you’d like to get a little closer to the legend that he helped bring to life then a trip to London could be in order.

More specifically, you’ll need to head to Kensington Gardens, where the famous Peter Pan statue is located.

Author JM Barrie, who created the iconic character in 1902, commissioned the monument to be built just next to the Long Water, which is the exact spot where Peter Pan first appears in the story The Little White Bird.

Barrie lived close to Kensington Gardens, and used the location as the inspiration for the story, before later dedicating an entire novel to the boy who wouldn’t grow up when he released Peter Pan and Wendy in 1914.

It is thought that he had intended to write a sequel in which Peter returns to Neverland as an adult, yet never got round to it. However, with the making of Hook many decades later, the story was finally completed, with Robin Williams playing the starring role in the Oscar-nominated hit.

Many other iconic London attractions, such as Westminster Palace, also appear in Hook, so if you’d like to relive the magic of the film then be sure to book yourself into a Luxury London hotel and visit all of these key landmarks.

Learning to Fly – Wendy Darling and Her Brothers

Bos, Carole “Learning to Fly – Wendy Darling and Her Brothers”

Aug 01, 2015. Sep 01, 2019.

Photos, by Mike O’kane, online via the Otago Sculpture Trust Website.

Harold Richmond, a philanthropist, grew-up loving Sir Thomas Clapperton’s “Wonderland” sculpture located in Omaru, a town located on New Zealand’s South Island.

That “Wonderland” statue—seen below—depicts a boy and a girl, surrounded by fairies which are located at the base of the Oamaru sculpture.

Later in life, Richmond—remembering how much he loved Oamaru’s “Wonderland”—commissioned Cecil Thomas—a Welsh-born, London-based sculptor—to create a statue for the Botanic Gardens in Dunedin, depicting Wendy and her brothers “Learning to Fly.”

The image, at the top of this page, depicts that Dunedin sculpture—also known as “The Wendy Group”—which Thomas finished in 1968. At the foot of the tree is a depiction of Nana (the Darlings’ dog), based on J.M. Barrie’s pet Newfoundland (named “Luath”).

Three years previously, Thomas had created a statute of Peter Pan (which is also located in Dunedin’s Botanic Gardens).

Richmond wanted young children to experience what it is like to look down on a world filled with exciting things (like fairies), so the two-meter sculpture has lots of “wear marks” on it.

J.M. Barrie and Peter Pan, no doubt, would be pleased with such explorations!

Revisiting Mary Martin’s Lighter-Than-Air Exuberance In NBC’s 1955 ‘Peter Pan’ Live

In 1955 and ’56, NBC aired live telecasts of the Broadway hit Peter Pan, starring Mary Martin. Critic Lloyd Schwartz calls the performances, now available on Blu-ray, a “tribute to freedom and youth.”


This is FRESH AIR. In 1955, 65 million viewers watched a live telecast of “Peter Pan,” a recreation of the hit Broadway musical starring Mary Martin and directed by Jerome Robbins. It was so popular it was repeated, also live, the following year. The 1956 version has now been released on DVD, and both versions have been released on Blu-ray. Our classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz has watched both telecasts and has this review.


MARY MARTIN: (As Peter Pan, singing) I’ve gotta crow. I’m just the cleverest fellow ’twas ever my fortune to know. I taught a trick to my shadow to stick to the tip of my toe. I’ve gotta crow.

LLOYD SCHWARTZ, BYLINE: I urge anyone who sat through even part of the deadly “Peter Pan Live!” on NBC television last year to see the original telecast of that musical that VAI has just issued on Blu-ray. What a difference to watch brilliant actors who actually seem to love what they’re doing under the direction of someone who knows how to make a show come to life. Mary Martin was one of the great Broadway stars. She made her Broadway debut singing Cole Porter’s naughty “My Heart Belongs To Daddy” back 1938 and created another sensation as the Army nurse Nellie Forbush in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s megahit “South Pacific,” singing “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair” while taking a shower on stage. Later, the role of Maria von Trapp in “The Sound Of Music” was written for her. She was a kind of sexy tomboy, slight of build with a piquant voice that carried to the back of the balcony. She was adorable and so sincere. How could you not believe every syllable?


MARTIN: (As Peter Pan, singing) I have a place where dreams are born and time is never planned. It’s not on any chart. You must find it with your heart, Never Never Land. It might be miles beyond the moon or right there where you stand. Just keep an open mind, and then suddenly you’ll find Never Never Land.

SCHWARTZ: Martin said that her favorite role was Peter Pan, the boy who refused to grow up. Audiences in the theater loved to see her flying across the stage on nearly invisible wires. But she seemed lighter than air, even when she was on the ground. And this was perfectly captured on TV.


MARTIN: (As Peter Pan, singing) I’m flying.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTORS: (As characters) Flying, flying, flying.

MARTIN: (As Peter Pan, singing) Look at me way up high. Suddenly here am I. I’m flying. I’m flying.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTORS: (As characters) Flying, flying, flying.

MARTIN: (As Peter Pan, singing) I can soar. I can weave. And what’s more, I’m not even trying. High up and as light as I can be. I must be a sight lovely to see. I’m flying…

SCHWARTZ: Her partner in “Peter Pan,” as both the stiffly respectable Mr. Darling and the villainous Captain Hook, was Cyril Ritchard, whose star turn arrived in the third act, as he celebrated his evil deeds with a hilarious waltz. Like “Never Never Land,” this was one of the numbers added to the original score during its tryout period, with new music by Julie Styne and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.


CYRIL RITCHARD: (As Captain Hook, singing) Who’s the swiniest swine in the world?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTORS: (As characters, singing) Captain Hook, Captain Hook.

RITCHARD: (As Captain Hook, singing) Who’s the dirtiest dog in this wonderful world?

UNIDENTIFIED ACTORS: (As characters, singing) Captain Hook, Captain Hook.

RITCHARD: (As Captain Hook, singing) Captain of villainy, murder and loot, eager to kill any who says that his hook isn’t cute.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: (As character) It’s cute.

RITCHARD: (As Captain Hook, singing) Who’s the slimiest rat in…

SCHWARTZ: This new Blu-ray disc includes both the original black-and-white kinescopes for the live 1955 and 1956 telecasts. The 1955 version, produced immediately after the Broadway run, is a hair more spontaneous, despite a few technical glitches. In 1960, “Peter Pan” was telecast again with the same stars but with some cast changes – the original Darling children were by then too old for their parts – and a different director. But a new technology called videotape had been introduced. And this later “Peter Pan” could be repeated annually and in full color. The astounding success of “Peter Pan” was certainly the inspiration for the live Broadway musicals NBC has produced over the past couple of years, “The Sound Of Music,” “Peter Pan,” and this year’s better-received “The Wiz.” Last year’s “Peter Pan” had one significant musical change. In the original Broadway show, Peter’s allies against Captain Hook’s pirates were an Indian tribe led by the princess, Tiger Lily, played by the diminutive Sondra Lee. But the Indian stereotyping in one song is now too painful to perform. Last year, NBC substituted a more updated number, but it was awful. Watching these 1950s TV versions could be a good way for kids to confront racial insensitivities that have not entirely disappeared, even though the Indians here are good guys and are performed with zestful innocence and charm. I loved “Peter Pan” when I was growing up. My parents took me to see it on Broadway. And I even got Mary Martin’s autograph. It’s a joy to be able to see a great star at the height of her powers in this exuberant and touching tribute to freedom and youth.

‘Hook’ Cast Grows Up: 25th Anniversary Reunion Pays Tribute to Robin Williams

WATCH Robin Williams Comedic Genius Praised

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The Lost Boys aren’t boys anymore.

Steven Spielberg‘s classic film “Hook” is turning 25 this December and the cast reunited to celebrate.

Production company 22 Vision got the gang back together to honor the milestone with a photo shoot and, most recently, a video of what Peter Pan’s kids and the Lost Boys are up to now.

Both Amber Scott, who played the adorable Maggie at the age of 6, and Charlie Kosmo, who played Peter Pan’s son Jack, left acting to pursue academics — though Kosmo briefly returned to the big screen as a lead in the film “Can’t Hardly Wait.” Both went on to graduate college and Kosmo graduated from Yale Law School. He is now an attorney and law professor.

The young boy from the Bronx who played Don’t Ask, James Madio, has continued a successful acting career, working with both Dustin Hoffman and Spielberg again since “Hook.”

To catch up with the rest of the cast, check out the video.