Saturday, December 6, 2014

Peter Pan Live! Puts BW Grads on Stage for Millions

Chris McCarrell 13' and Caitlin Houlahan 14' on the massive NBC sound-stage set of "Peter Pan Live"

Leading lady, Allison Williams, and Caitlin
Thursday's broadcast of "Peter Pan Live," put BW's Music Theatre program back into the local and national spotlight as cast members and BW alumni, Caitlin Houlahan 14' and Chris McCarrell 13' took to the airwaves.

Locally, Caitlin and Chris landed in the headlines in a variety of news outlets including The Plain Dealer/, and the paper in Aurora, where both grew up before attending BW.

The pair was also featured in an interview with Newsradio WTAM 1100's Will & Snyder in the Morning, and all evening on Cleveland's NBC affiliate, WKYC News Channel 3, which also covered a BW Music Theatre watch party.

"Peter Pan Live" clocked in NBC's second-highest Thursday ratings for non-sports telecasts in three years and the network's second-most viewers since the ER finale.

The broadcast was an even bigger hit on social media. According to, Nielsen Twitter measured more than 475,000 tweets from 147,000 unique authors --nearly double the number of NBC's "Sound of Music Live" that aired last year. Caitlin tweeted out the photo with star Allison Williams above.

Even more opportunities are on the horizon for Caitlin and Chris. Caitlin will be returning to the stage In February for a one-night Lincoln Center performance of Parade alongside other Broadway stars. Meanwhile, Chris will jump right back into his role in the Broadway revival of Les Miserables.
Chris (top hat and striped socks) gestures to Peter Pan in the Neverland home of The Lost Boys.