A new generation of dreamy-eyed girls and musical comedy buffs will be able to sing along with "Tomorrow," when the soundtrack for the upcoming "Annie" TV movie is released Nov. 2, days before the Nov. 7 airing on ABC's "Wonderful World of Disney."
It was not confirmed until Sept. 22 that a deal could indeed be struck between TV movie producer Disney and Sony Classical, the label that owns recording rights to the score of the 1977 Broadway musical.
Every song recorded is expected to appear on the disc.
The "Annie" soundtrack news avoids the fiasco that happened when "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella," the ABC "Wonderful World of Disney" hit, failed to have a recording due to many factors, including conflicting labels of stars Brandy and Whitney Houston.
* Filming began in June and was completed in early August for the two-hour TV tuner from Walt Disney, ABC and Storyline Entertainment. The movie will include much of the original score, including the signature "Tomorrow," plus "NYC," "Easy Street," "Little Girls" and "It's the Hard Knock Life," among others.
Airing Nov. 7 on "Wonderful World of Disney," the musical stars Kathy Bates as Miss Hannigan, Alicia Morton as red-headed orphan Annie, Victor Garber as Daddy Warbucks, Audra McDonald as Grace, Kristin Chenoweth as Lily and Alan Cumming as Rooster.
Broadway's Rob Marshall (Cabaret, Little Me) directs and choreographs.
On Oct. 10, a 10-minute preview, different from the first one that aired Aug. 29, will be broadcast at 7 PM (ET) on ABC's "The Wonderful World of Disney."
-- By Kenneth Jones