The show opened at the Palace Theatre on November 8, 2012; but at Tony Awards time, the trophy gods favored rival tot-production MATILDA. When the ANNIE revival closes, it will have played 487 performances and 38 previews.
ANNIE features a book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin, all three of whom won 1977 Tony Awards. ANNIE 2012 was directed by Pulitzer Prize winner, three-time Tony Award winner, and Sondheim collaborator James Lapine, with choreography by Tony Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler.
This revival production will launch a U.S. Broadway National Tour during the 2014-2015 season.
From the press release:
### ANNIE stars Tony Award-winner Faith Prince as “Miss Hannigan,” Anthony Warlow as “Daddy Warbucks,” and 11-year-olds Taylor Richardson and Sadie Sink as “Annie,” with each girl also playing the orphan role of “Duffy” when not on as “Annie.” The cast also includes Jenni Barber as “Grace Farrell,” Clarke Thorell as “Rooster Hannigan,” and J. Elaine Marcos as “Lily St. Regis.” The Orphans are Amaya Braganza as “July,” Gaby Bradbury as “Pepper,” Tyrah Skye Odoms as “Tessie,” Emily Rosenfeld as “Molly,” Brooklyn Shuck as “Kate,” and Skye Alyssa Friedman as standby for the roles of “Duffy,” “Pepper,” “July,” and “Tessie.” The production also features Jane Blass, Mary Callanan, Jeremy Davis, Merwin Foard, Joel Hatch, Tessa Grady, Danette Holden, Fred Inkley, Amanda Lea LaVergne, Gavin Lodge, Alexandra Matteo, Keven Quillon, David Rossetti, Sarah Solie, Ryan VanDenBoom, and Matt Wall.
The original production of ANNIE opened April 21, 1977 at the Alvin Theatre and went on to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, seven Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the Grammy for Best Cast Show Album and seven Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Best Book (Thomas Meehan) and Best Score (Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin). The show was one of the biggest Broadway musical hits of the 1970s, running for almost six years and playing 2,377 performances.
The score for ANNIE includes “Maybe,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow”.
The creative team includes scenic design by Drama Desk Award-winner David Korins, costume design by Tony Award-winner Susan Hilferty, lighting design by two-time Tony Award-winner Donald Holder and sound design by Tony Award-winner Brian Ronan. Projection design is by Wendall K. Harrington. Music director is Todd Ellison. Orchestrations are by Michael Starobin. Dance music arrangements are by Alex Lacamoire. Musical coordinator is Patrick Vaccariello. Hair and wig design is by Tom Watson. Casting is by Telsey + Company. Animal training is by William Berloni.
ANNIE is produced on Broadway by Arielle Tepper Madover, Roger Horchow, Sally Horchow, Roger Berlind, Roy Furman, Debbie Bisno, Stacey Mindich, James M. Nederlander, Jane Bergère/Daryl Roth and Eva Price/Christina Papagjika. ###