Country singer Reba McEntire
currently earning rave reviews for her turn as Annie Oakley in Broadway's Annie Get Your Gun
will star in and executive produce a CBS TV-movie version of the Irving Berlin
reports. Since McEntire assumed the role from Bernadette Peters
in January, ticket sales for the Broadway production have quadrupled. "It's a natural fit," said Howard Braunstein
, an exec from Jaffe-Braunstein Films, which is producing the project. "She's the toast of Broadway right now. You don't see that very often someone who defines a role like she has." Barring a prolonged actors' strike, the Annie
pic could debut during February sweeps 2002.