The three-hour TV movie is being written and exec produced by Jessica Sharzer with Abigail Breslin cast as Baby , Colt Prattes as Johnny and Nicole Scherzinger as Penny. It follows the original story of an innocent young woman who vacations with her affluent parents at an early-1960s Catskill Mountains resort and gets swept off her feet by Johnny , a handsome, working-class dance instructor. Penny, for those who don’t recall, is Johnny’s dance partner and part of the entertainment staff at the resort. She and Johnny enlist Baby’s help and teach her to dance. Debra Messing co-stars as Marjorie Houseman, Baby’s mother.