Does anyone else find this strange? Peter Pan is played by a woman? Is this some left wing NBC tactic to promote sexual confusion?
No – It’s actually a tradition since the play began in the early 20th century and boys could not work on the stage after 9:00 p.m. Here is a bit from People Magazine:
It’s actually been one for many years. The reason a woman has typically played the boy who refuses to grow up dates back to when the play was first staged in England at the turn of the 20th Century. Earlier this year, Slate addressed the subject by citing a section in J.M. Barrie and the Lost Boys: The Real Story Behind Peter Pan.
Apparently, it was Broadway producer Charles Frohman who suggested that a woman should play the role because casting a boy would affect the rest of the children in the ensemble, who “would have to be scaled down in proportion.” What’s more, English law stated that minors under the age of 14 couldn’t work after 9 p.m. As a result, a woman was first cast as Pan in 1904.
So . . . No conspiracy. No underlying attempt to confuse us sexually.
But . . . What I am really looking forward to is Christopher Walken saying, “I need more cowbell!”