Madover targets 2012 opening
Producer Arielle Tepper Madover has acquired the rights to a Broadway revival of tuner “Annie,” aiming to get the show back on the Street in 2012.
Familiar title, which bowed on the Rialto in 1977 after a tryout at Connecticut’s Goodspeed Opera House, has not been seen on the Main Stem since a 1997 revival starring Nell Carter, although a touring version played Madison Square Garden in 2006.
For the latest staging, all three original creatives — composer Charles Strouse, lyricist Martin Charnin and book writer Thomas Meehan — are on board to take another look at the material and consider updating it, according to Madover.
Producer’s most recent credits have been plays, with a first-look deal at London’s Donmar Warehouse yielding Broadway transfers of “Frost/Nixon,” “Mary Stuart,” and Tony nominees “Hamlet” and “Red.” She also founded the Summer Play Festival.
The last tuner she served as lead producer on was the Off Broadway production of “The Last Five Years,” although she’s also been part of the producing teams of “Hair” and “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” among others.
Although “Annie” seems a relatively safe bet for a commercial revival given the family-appeal familiarity of the title and score, Madover said she was mostly prompted to spearhead the production due to her affection for the musical, the first she saw as a child.
In its initial incarnation, “Annie” won seven Tonys, including top tuner.
Creative team is currently being assembled.