“Annie,” the ABC telepic being produced by Neil Meron, Craig Zadan and Chris Montan, has imminent deals with a plethora of Broadway thesps to star.
Tony winners Audra McDonald (“Ragtime,”) and Alan Cumming (“Cabaret”) are being courted to team with Kristin Chenoweth (currently Tony nommed for “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown”) and Victor Garber (“Art”) in the TV tuner.
If deals are inked, Cumming will play the part of Rooster Hannigan; McDonald will portray Grace Farrell; and Chenoweth will play Lilly. Daddy Warbucks will be played by Garber. Chenoweth will take a six-week leave of absence from the “Charlie Brown” tuner, itself nommed for best revival this season.
The “Annie” special, which insiders said will likely run in November sweeps at the Alphabet web, already has Academy Award winner Kathy Bates toplining as Miss Hannigan and 11-year-old Alicia Morton, who is starring as young Cossette in “Les Miserables” on Broadway, as its Annie.
Rob Marshall (“Cabaret”) is on board as director and choreographer; Irene Mecchi is penning the teleplay.
Meron and Zadan’s Storyline Entertainment and Chris Montan Prods. last teamed to produce the hit “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” for the Wonderful World of Disney in 1997 — racking up 60 million viewers.
Calls to Meron and Zadan were not returned.
(Cynthia Littleton in Los Angeles contributed to this story.)