Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth will play Marian the Librarian in the upcoming TV movie musical, "The Music Man," starring Matthew Broderick in the title role, the producers announced.
The picture from Storyline Entertainment ("Cinderella," "Annie") will be part of ABC's "Wonderful World of Disney" in the 2002-2003 season. Filming will be April 2002, when Broderick takes a break from his stint in Broadway's The Producers.
Composer-lyricist-librettist Meredith Willson's Americana-filled The Music Man, a 1957 Broadway smash that won the Best Musical Tony Award, is currently enjoying a Broadway revival. A 1962 film starred Shirley Jones and original Broadway star Robert Preston (along with much of the original cast). The TV musical will be directed by Jeff Bleckner (who helmed "Serving in Silence" for Storyline).
Executive producers are Craig Zadan and Neil Meron ("Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows"), working in association with Touchstone Television.
Chenoweth is known for her Tony Award-winning comic performance in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and her ability to present both a stunning belt voice and a shimmering soprano. She appeared as Lily St. Regis in Storyline's "Annie." A recent sitcom tailored for her flopped on NBC. The score of The Music Man includes choice material for Marian, including "My White Knight," "Goodnight My Someone," "Lida Rose" and "Till There Was You." In the 1962 film version, a new song ("Being in Love") was written for Marian to replace "My White Knight" (in the hope of snagging an Oscar nom for Best Song).
The score also includes "Seventy-Six Trombones," "Gary, Indiana," "Marian the Librarian," "The Wells Fargo Wagon," "Trouble" and more.