Tonight is the night! NBC’s second live musical, Peter Pan Live!, premieres. But Allison Williams, Peter Pan herself (himself?), says hate-watching the production is not a good idea. Williams, who is on HBO’s ultra-cynical Girls, told The Daily Beast she knows hate-watching is a thing:
“I will say this about last year: today’s audiences like to watch things cynically. And I’m on a show that’s cynical in tone so I’m no stranger to that … Hate-watching is a thing. It’s a whole way of watching something, and it’s not an audience that’s natural to a non-cynical performance. Peter Pan, you cannot watch cynically. If you do, you’re going to hate it, no question. It falls apart instantly.”
Her Peter Pan Live! co-star (The Sound of Music Live! cast member) Christian Borle added: “I don’t mind going on record saying that I was mesmerized by the actors in our community who were so snarky about Sound of Music on Twitter. I just thought, ‘Don’t you ever want to work for NBC? They’re reading all of this.’ Also, just be nice. I don’t understand the impulse to tear down.”
Read the full story here and don’t forget to (not hate-watch) Peter Pan Live! tonight on NBC at 8p.m.