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 for the TV version will be heard on the disc. The TV musical uses the major songs from the Broadway score, deleting "We'd Like to Thank You," "Annie," "You Won't Be an Orphan For Long" and "A New Deal for Christmas." The reprise of "Tomorrow" has been reconceived for Audra McDonald, who plays Grace, assistant to Oliver Warbucks. The movie includes "NYC," which was cut from the Hollywood movie version. That number includes a powerful vocal cameo by original 1977 Annie, Andrea McArdle.
The "Annie" soundtrack 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 "Wonderful World of Disney" 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.
The soundtrack includes:
"(It's) The Hard-Knock Life"
"(It's) The Hard-Knock Life" (reprise)
"I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here"
"You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" (radio version)
"You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" (orphans version)
"Something Was Missing"
"I Don't Need Anything But You"
"Little Girls" (reprise)
"Finale/I Don't Need Anything But You" (reprise)
-- By Kenneth Jones