Susan Lucci has missed a week of rehearsals of Annie Get You Gun due to a nasty bout with the flu, and, as a result, will not take up the role of Annie Oakley on Dec. 23, as previously announced, but on Dec. 27. The end date of Lucci's engagement is still Jan. 16, 2000. Bernadette Peters returns to the role Jan. 18. ABC airs "All My Children," the soap opera Lucci calls home. Lucci won a Daytime Emmy Award for Best Actress last May for her portrayal of femme fatale, Erica Kane, on the soap. Annie will mark her Broadway debut. Peters won a Tony Award for her performance in Annie Get Your Gun. The show itself also claimed a prize as best musical revival.
Lucci has never previously appeared on Broadway. As Annie Oakley, she would be called upon to sing such songs as "Lost in His Arms" and "I Got the Sun in the Morning."