Tolan, Marshall on ABC’s ‘Mame’

Streisand could appear in 'Disney' telepic

Scribe Peter Tolan (“Analyze This”) and helmer Rob Marshall (“Annie”) have signed on for ABC’s upcoming Barwood Films/Storyline Entertainment-produced musical adaptation of “Mame,” dramatically increasing the odds that Barbra Streisand will star in the telepic.

Streisand is exec producing “Mame” with Barwood partner Cis Corman and Storyline toppers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Daily Variety, Feb. 12, 1999). Jerry Herman composed the score.

When the project first came together last year, reps for Streisand said she was not attached to star in the title role but would consider the possibility once a screenplay was finished.

However, network sources indicate Streisand was instrumental in the deals for both Tolan and Marshall, making it all but certain she will commit to appear on camera in what would be her first TV musical role. Project is being prepped for broadcast during the 2000-01 season of ABC’s “Wonderful World of Disney.”

Streisand is wrapping up a series of concerts in Australia. She’s expected to read a version of Tolan’s script after returning to the U.S., with a final decision likely in the next few months on whether to star.

In addition to “Analyze This” and the just-released “What Planet Are You From?” Tolan is an Emmy-winning writer and exec producer of “The Larry Sanders Show” as well as a scribe and co-producer on “Murphy Brown.” His other TV credits include “Ellen” and “Home Improvement.”

Tolan will base his “Mame” script on the original book of the Broadway tuner by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Lee.

Marshall, who will helm and choreograph the production, is just coming off the spectacular success of last fall’s Storyline production of “Annie,” for which he snagged a Directors Guild of America honor. He also co-directed and choreographed the recent Broadway revival of “Cabaret” and helmed and choreographed Martin Short in “Little Me.”

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