Neuwirth joins ‘Lilly’

Former 'Cheers' thesp cast in A&E telepic

Former “Cheers” star Bebe Neuwirth has joined the cast of the A&E/Granada Media telepic “Dash and Lilly.”

Neuwirth will play writer Dorothy Parker, one of the ranking members of the Algonquin Round Table and a prolific Jazz Age author of screenplays (“A Star is Born”), short stories and magazine articles.

Pic, which chronicles the tragic romance of thesps Dashiell Hammett (“The Thin Man”) and Lillian Hellman (“The Little Foxes”), is being helmed by Oscar-winning thesp Kathy Bates, with Sam Shepard and Judy Davis in the title roles.

Stan Margulies is exec producer of the project, which is slated to debut on A&E sometime in 1999.

A two-time Emmy winner for her role on “Cheers,” Neuwirth most recently appeared in the Broadway revival of the Kander/Ebb tuner “Chicago,” snagging a Tony award for her performance.

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