Joanna Pacitti, the Philadelphia 12-year-old who was fired as the title character in Annie revealed in a March 26 Playbill On-Line chat that a TV movie about her life and experiences is in production.
Here is more information. Her manager, Joe Claffy, said Pacitti has signed with PTM Productions in California, the company that helps produce the children’s series “Kidsongs,” to make a TV movie about her. Claffy met with writers Laurie Stevens and Noreen Stone March 28. No airdate or network has been chosen.
Claffy said he has met with a writer about preparing a book on Pacitti’s experiences. Pacitti refers to an Ovaltine commercial in the chat, but Claffy said negotiations are still not complete.
Here are some other quotes from the March 26 chat:
* In answer to a Playbill On-Line user’s question “Is it true that the "Annie" producers offered an alternating position with Brittny [Kissinger] as Annie on Broadway? If so, why didn't you take it?,” Pacitti wrote: “They mentioned it to my Manager in a hallway on Saturday night at 5:00 pm, she asked for it in writing but they never formally asked by putting it in writing. They told everybody that they offered a split but that really didn't happen. I would have considered that.” * Asked about the fact that her firing was similar to the firing of the original 1975 Annie, Kristin Vigard, Pacitti replied, “When they fired the Annie the first time around no-one had ever heard of the show yet and it was different Producers. But some people think maybe they did it for the free-publicity. When they fired me they waited until 8 days after the ‘Turning Point’ Special Aired - that was free publicity for the show and Producers. How could they not know they wanted me before that when I had done over 100 performances and good reviews?”
* Asked about future projects, she replied, “You may see me in a TV series or a film. Today we made an agreement to do a Movie of The Week about my life story. That will be fun. Several Professional Productions of "Annie" have called asking me to play Annie - so maybe you can see me after all. I will let everyone know if they e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Love, Joanna Pacitti.”
* One user asked, “Your parents have filed suit against the department store that was involved in the ‘Annie’ search, are you still planning on suing the ‘Annie’ producers as well?” Pacitti wrote back, simply: “I don't know really, my Parents and Lawyer handle that business.”
* Asked, “Do you think the suit that you are filing will in anyway hinder your acting/singing aspirations?,” Pacitti replied, “No I am sure it won't.”
To read a complete transcript of the Chat, click on Celebrities on the home page of Playbill On-Line.
-- By Robert Viagas