Were the stars of NBC’s live musical broadcast of ‘Peter Pan’ lip syncing during the show?
The stars of NBC’s musical broadcast of “Peter Pan Live!” sounded pretty good during their live performances Thursday night. Maybe even too good.
“Ahoy, ahoy, ahoy, ahoy, ahoy, ahoy, ahoy, ahoy!”
“I taught a trick to my shadow to stick to the tip of my toe.”
Dozens of viewers on Twitter accused both Allison Williams and Christopher Walken of lip syncing.
Even Gawker rather bluntly pointed out Walken’s apparent flub during his performance of the new original song “Vengeance,” calling the actor “an abomination.” Ouch.
But just as many others were quick to defend the cast and their pipes.
A writer for Bustle was almost certain Williams was belting it out live. “I didn’t know what to expect from Williams’ acting and singing when I went into watching this. I was immediately sold. She’s killing it, and from what I can tell, she is singing live.”
And the outlet has good reason to believe the stars weren’t faking it.
Williams just so happens to be a trained singer. She told the Los Angeles Times in March, “I’ve been singing since I was very little, taking voice lessons and stuff. So, if I’m allowed to be, I can be a total perfectionist about singing.”
And Walken is a seasoned vet when it comes to singing and dancing. He’s performed in several musicals over the years, including “Pennies From Heaven.”
And, to be fair, a lot of viewers were prepared to dislike “Peter Pan Live!” and its stars before the musical even aired. As The Washington Post pointed out, many only watched the show for the sole purpose of hating on it. Or as the kids call it, hate watching.
So far, there’s been no comment from the cast on the lip syncing accusations.