The production was never broadcast annually. It was first telecast live on March 7, 1955 as Producers' Showcase: Peter Pan (1955) and re-staged live (by popular demand) on January 3, 1956 as Producers' Showcase: Peter Pan (1956). It was not seen again until this version was videotaped in color and telecast in 1960. Rather than re-broadcast it annually, as CBS began doing with The Wizard of Oz (1939), NBC repeated the videotaped version in 1963, 1966, and 1973. A long hiatus followed, during which this 1960 production was presumed lost. There was a new production starring Mia Farrow with a new score, Peter Pan (1976). Finally, in 1988, the original 1960 videotape of the Mary Martin version was re-discovered intact, restored and remastered, and telecast in March of 1989 - the production's first TV showing in 16 years.
Many of the camera setups, especially during the first fifteen minutes or so, are literal duplicates of the ones in Producers' Showcase: Peter Pan (1955), first telecast in 1955 and now on kinescope. The script also follows the script of the 1955 version nearly word-for-word, and many of the musical orchestrations are virtually the same.
The original Broadway production of "Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up" by J.M. Barrie opened at the Empire Theater on November 6, 1905, ran for 223 performances, closed on May 20, 1906 and starred stage actress Maude Adams, who died in her eighties in 1953, never made a film, and is not to be confused with the Maud Adams who appeared in the James Bond film Octopussy (1983).