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Santino Fontana Performing "Never Never Land" from Peter Pan

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During the 2014 Pioneer Day concertFrozen’s Santino Fontana performed the Mack Wilberg arrangement of “Never Never Land” from the musical Peter Pan. This very gentle moment in the show came right before the show’s finale.

After performing “Never Never Land” Fontana said, “That is a beautiful song and a beautiful arrangement by your very own, Mack Wilberg.” Referring to the lyrics, he said that what Peter Pan says about dreams is true. He likened it to his experience of being invited to perform with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square:  “Although all dreams may not always come true, every once in a while you get lucky; lucky enough to be blessed with a pretty dreamy experience, and I have to say that this is definitely one of those.”

The original Broadway production of Peter Pan opened on October 20, 1954, and ran for 152 performances. Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard won Tony Awards for their portrayal of Peter Pan and Captain Hook, respectively. The show was bought by NBC and on March 7, 1955, it was broadcast on the network as the first full-length Broadway production on color TV. The broadcast held the record for the most viewers for a single program and it is expected that the December 4, 2014, broadcast of Peter Pan Live! will be a big success as well.