According to Michael Riedel's May 14 column in the NY Daily News, a revival of Irving Berlin's musical comedy, Annie Get Your Gun, will soon be touring with Broadway in mind. But who will be the heroine of this look at sharpshooter Annie Oakley? Apparently, producers Fran and Barry Weissler are considering both film actress Geena Davis and stage actress Bernadette Peters for the title role.
A May 16 call to the Weissler office was fielded by an assistant who said he knew nothing of the project, but minutes later, Peters' agent, Judy Katz, told Playbill On-Line, "They [the Weisslers] made her an offer and she's considering it." Katz could not elaborate any further on dates or venues.
Davis' agent, Ed Limato, told the Daily News that Davis had been approached two years ago to play the role, "but she is not campaigning for it."
Davis (Thelma and Louise) has a higher profile among the public at large. But Peters has the edge in stage experience, because the former has an impressive resume of musical theatre (The Goodbye Girl, Into The Woods, Sunday In The Park With George).
James Naughton, Tony-nominated for his current role in Chicago, is rumored for the role of Frank, who wants the girl that he marries to be "as soft and as pink as a nursery" -- not quite a perfect match for a gun-totin' gal used to "doin' what comes natur'lly." The production's target is said to be spring 1998, after a short national tour.
The title role was originated on Broadway in 1946 by Ethel Merman.