Former "Charlie's Angels" star Cheryl Ladd will be the next Annie Oakley in Broadway's Annie Get Your Gun, it was announced Aug. 10.
Ladd replaces Bernadette Peters Sept. 6 at the Marquis Theatre. Peters and Tom Wopat, stars of the staging since its rehearsals in November 1998, leave the show Sept. 2.
No replacement for Wopat (playing Frank Butler) has been named yet. Ladd will stay with the show through Jan. 28, 2001. The open secret on Broadway is that Reba McEntire may be stepping into the role next, but there has been no official announcement.
Cheryl Ladd Russell (her current married name) was born Cheryl Jean Stoppelmoor in Huron, SD. Her first singing break came when she sang backup for the cartoon, "Josie and the Pussycats." She had settled in Los Angels after a band she sang for broke up there.
Commercials and the film "Jamaica Reef" followed and she married David Ladd in 1973. They had a daughter, Jordan, in 1975, and by 1977 Ladd was one of the sexy private detectives dispatched on improbable assignments by a mysterious millionaire in the Aaron Spelling TV series "Charlie's Angels." She played Kris Munroe in the series that ended in 1981. Ladd did release a couple of albums, "Cheryl Ladd" (1978) and "Dance Forever" (1979), but until now has not played Broadway.
She is now married to Brian Russell, who created a series of children's books with her. Ladd has appeared in more than 50 films, series or TV movies, including "Every Mother's Worst Fear" (co-starring with her daughter), "A Dog in Flanders,""Grace Kelly," "Perfect Little Angels," "Jesse" and "Permanent Midnight."