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Annie
OVERVIEW: WHAT'S THE SHOW ABOUT?
  • Authors Music
    CHARLES STROUSE

    Lyrics
    MARTIN CHARNIN

    Book
    THOMAS MEEHAN
  • Description Based on the comic strip "Little Orphan Annie" by Harold Gray, the musical is about a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and finds a new family and home in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
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  • Premieres ORIGINAL BROADWAY PRODUCTION Alvin Theatre
    April 21, 1977 BROADWAY REVIVAL 1997 Martin Beck Theatre
    March 26, 1997 BROADWAY REVIVAL 2012 Palace Theatre
    November 8, 2012
PRODUCTIONS: WHERE HAS IT PLAYED?
  • ORIGINAL BROADWAY PRODUCTION
    Alvin Theatre - April 21, 1977
    CREATIVE TEAM
    Producer : MIKE NICHOLS, IRWIN MEYER, STEPHEN R. FRIEDMAN, LEWIS ALLEN, ALVIN NEDERLANDER ASSOCIATES INC, ICARUS PRODUCTIONS, & THE JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
    Direction : MARTIN CHARNIN
    Choreography : PETER GENNARO
    Orchestrations : PHILIP J. LANG
    Musical Director : PETER HOWARD
    Scenic Design : DAVID MITCHELL
    Costume Design : THEONI V. ALDREDGE
    Lighting Design : JUDY RASMUSON
    Hair Design : TED AZAR
    CAST
    Annie : ANDREA McARDLE
    Oliver Warbucks : REID SHELDON
    Miss Agatha Hannigan : DOROTHY LOUDON
    Grace Farrell : SANDY FAISON
    Rooster Hannigan : ROBERT FITCH
    Lily St. Regis : BARBARA ERWIN
    BROADWAY REVIVAL 1997
    Martin Beck Theatre - March 26, 1997
    CREATIVE TEAM
    Producer : TIMOTHY CHILDS, RODGER HESS & JUJAMCYN THEATERS
    Direction : MARTIN CHARNIN
    Choreography : PETER GENNARO
    Musical Director : KEITH LEVENSON
    Scenic Design : KENNETH FOY
    Costume Design : THEONI V. ALDREDGE
    Lighting Design : KEN BILLINGTON
    Sound Design : T. RICHARD FITZGERALD
    CAST
    Annie : BRITTNY KISSINGER
    Oliver Warbucks : CONRAD JOHN SCHUCK
    Miss Agatha Hannigan : NELL CARTER
    Grace Farrell : COLLEEN DUNN
    Rooster Hannigan : JIM RYAN
    Lily St. Regis : KAREN BYERS-BLACKWELL
    BROADWAY REVIVAL 2012
    Palace Theatre - November 8, 2012
    CREATIVE TEAM
    Producer : ARIELLE TEPPER MADOVER, ROGER HORCHOW, SALLY HORCHOW, ROGER BERLIND, ROY FURMAN, DEBBIE BISNO, STACEY MINDICH, NEDERLANDER PRESENTATIONS INC, DARYL ROTH/ JANE BERGERE, EVA PRICE/ CHRISTINA PAPAGJIKA
    Direction : JAMES LAPINE
    Choreography : ANDY BLANKENBUEHLER
    Musical Director : TODD ELLISON
    Scenic Design : DAVID KORINS
    Costume Design : SUSAN HILFERTY
    Lighting Design : DONALD HOLDER
    Sound Design : BRIAN RONAN
    CAST
    Annie : LILLA CRAWFORD
    Oliver Warbucks : ANTHONY WARLOW
    Miss Agatha Hannigan : KATIE FINNERAN
    Grace Farrell : BRYNN O'MALLEY
    Rooster Hannigan : CLARKE THORELL
    Lily St. Regis : J. ELAINE MARCOS
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SYNOPSIS: WHAT'S THE STORY?
  • ACT ONE

    It is December of 1933 and America is deep in the midst of the Great Depression. On the Lower East Side of New York, the Municipal Orphanage, Girls' Annex, has been the drab home of eleven-year-old Annie for all but the first two months of her life, when she was left on the front steps of the Orphanage with an unsigned note saying, "Please take good care of our little darling. Her name is Annie... We have left half of a silver locket around her neck and kept the other hals so that when we come back for her you will know that she's our baby." Early one chill morning, awake at 4:00 A.M., Annie wonders what her lost parents might be like (Maybe).

    Miss Agatha Hannigan the mean-tempered spinster who is in charge of the Orphanage, is furious at finding Annie and the Orphans awake at 4:00 A.M. and puts them to work scrubbing the floor. Annie and the Orphans angrily lament the fact that they are living The Hard-Knock Life. Later that morning, Annie seizes opportunity to escape from the Orphanage by hiding in a laundry bag that is toted off into a truck. If her parents aren't coming back for her, Annie is going to go find them.

    In New York's St. Mark's Place, city dogcatchers pursue stray dogs, but they miss one, a sad-faced mutt that is immediately adopted by Annie, who has been wandering alone through the wintry streets of the city. "They're after me, too," Annie tells the dog, and then assures him that "Everything's gonna be fine for the both of us. If not today the... Tomorrow." Officer Ward of the NYPD suspects that Annie's dog is a stray, but she tells him that the dog is hers: "I call him Sandy because of his nice sandy color." Sandy responds to his new name when he is called by Annie, and Officer Ward is reluctantly persuaded that the dog indeed belongs to Annie.

    Underneath the 59th Street Bridge is a so-called Hooverville, a Depression-style shanty town that is home to an assortment of unemployed New Yorkers who sarcastically let it be known that We'd Like To Thank You, Herbert Hoover. Annie turns up with Sandy, wondering if anyone in the Hooverville had ever left a baby at an orphanage. Her sunny disposition endears Annie to the Hooverville-ites, who inviter her to join them in a cup of Mulligan stew. The police raid the Hooverville, and Annie is arrested, although Sandy escapes.

    Back at the Orphanage, Miss Hannigan's nerves are at the breaking point from having to put up with Little Girls when Officer Ward arrives with Annie in tow. After Officer Ward leaves, Miss Hannigan is about to clobber Annie when into the Orphanage comes Miss Grace Farrell, who is the young and beautiful private secretary to Oliver Warbucks, the billionaire industrialist. Warbucks has decided to invite an orphan to spend the Christmas holidays at home. And, to the fury of Miss Hannigan, Annie is chosen by Miss Farrell and driven off in a limousine.

    Annie and Grace arrive at Warbucks's Fifth Avenue mansion, where a platoon of servants is busily cleaning. Annie is delighted to learn that, as a guest, she herself won't have to do any cleaning (I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here).

    Oliver Warbucks arrives home from a business trip and is unhappy to discover that the orphan invited by Grace isn't a boy. Still, he agrees to take Annie to the movies, to the Roxy Theater, and Warbucks, Annie and Grace walk forty-five blocks to Times Square, through the streets of the city that Warbucks loves best (N.Y.C.) And, while walking with Annie, Warbucks finds himself unexpectedly growing to like her.

    A week later, Grace Farrell turns up at the Orphanage to tell Miss Hannigan that Warbucks has decided to adopt Annie. Miss Hannigan is not happy about this news, to say the least. As Grace is leaving, she bumps into Miss Hannigan's ne'er-do'well con artist brother, Rooster, who is broke, just out of prison and looking for a handout from his sister. And with Rooster is his floozy girl friend, Lily. Miss Hannigan, Rooster and Lily dream of better days for themselves on Easy Street.

    In his Fifth Avenue mansion, Warbucks is about to tell Annie that he wishes to adopt her. But he first gives her a present - a new locket from Tiffany's to replace the old, broken one she always wears. Annie, however, breaks down in tears - she doesn't want a new locket because the old locket had been left with her by her parents. And the one thing she wants in the world is to find her mother and father. Crushed, stunned, Warbucks promises Annie that he'll find her parents for her. Grace and the Servants assure Annie that Warbucks will find her mother and father (You Won't Be An Orphan For Long).


    ACT TWO

    In Rockefeller Center, on a radio program called "The Oxydent Hour of Smiles," starring Bert Healy, Warbucks offers a certified check for $50,000 to anyone who can prove that they are Annie's parents. Healy and the Boylan Sisters go off the air singing You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile, a song that the Orphans hear over the radio in the Orphanage and imitate.

    Later that night, Miss Hannigan has a pair of callers at the Orphanage, Ralph and Shirley Mudge, a couple from Canada who claim to be Annie's parents. Miss Hannigan is astonished when the Mudges reveal themselves to be Rooster and Lily in disguise. Rooster offers to cut his sister in on the $50,000 reward money if she'll provide him and Lily with details they'll need to pass themselves off as Annie's parents. Miss Hannigan agrees to join in the plot.

    In Washington, at the White House, President Roosevelt and his Cabinet mirror the national gloom as they listen to a radio tirade against FDR. Warbucks arrives with Annie, who innocently blurts out to the glum group that things are bound to get better soon (Tomorrow Reprise). Everyone, including the President, is turned optimistic by Annie's cheery spirits. A telegram arrives from New York saying that hundreds of couples claiming to be Annie's parents are jamming the streets outside Warbucks mansion. Warbucks and Annie rush back to New York.

    At the mansion, Grace sadly tells Warbucks and Annie that all of the couples who'd claimed to be her parents had turned out to be fakes - none of them knew about the locket. Alone with Annie, Warbucks tells her that before she came into his life Something Was Missing. Now, with seemingly no hope left of finding Annie's parents, Warbucks says to Annie that he'd like to adopt her. She's delighted, he's delighted, and they both joyfully agree that I Don't Need Anything But You.

    At a party in the mansion to celebrate the adoption, the happy Servants feel as though it's Christmas every day since Annie came along (Annie). As the adoption papers are about to be signed, Rooster and Lily, in their disguises as the Mudges, show up at the party and claim that Annie is their daughter. And they have a fake birth certificate to prove it, plus, thanks to Miss Hannigan's connivance, half of a silver locket that appears to fit Annie's half. Warbucks is vaguely suspicious of them, however, and asks that they come back for Annie and the $50,000 the following morning, Christmas. The Mudges leave and Annie rushes upstairs in tears just as President Roosevelt pays a surprise call on Warbucks. Grace, half remembering that she'd bumped into Rooster at the Orphanage, tells Warbucks that there is something phony about the Mudges. Warbucks turns to Roosevelt for help from the FBI.

    Christmas morning, 1933, in the Warbucks mansion. Warbucks, Grace and FDR have been up all night, in constant telephone contact with the FBI, and they have unhappy news for Annie - her mother and father died many years ago. But then who are Ralph and Shirley Mudge? And who knew about the locket? Miss Hannigan! The Orphans and Miss Hannigan arrive to spend Christmas at the mansion. Rooster and Lily, again in their disguises as the Mudges, come to collect Annie and the check for $50,000. But the jig is up - the Secret Service arrests Rooster, Lily and Miss Hannigan, who is dragged away screaming. A huge Christmas box arrives for Annie - in it is Sandy, who has been found for Warbucks by the police. Happy ending as Annie, Warbucks, Grace and all agree that this Christmas is the beginning of a wonderful new life for not only them but for everyone in America (A New Deal For Christmas).
  • Annie
    A scene from the 2012 Broadway revival.
SONG NUMBERS: WHAT SHOWTUNES ARE IN THIS MUSICAL?
  • ACT ONE


    MaybeAnnie

    It's the Hard-Knock Life Annie and The Orphans

    It's the Hard-Knock Life (Reprise)The Orphans

    TomorrowAnnie

    We'd Like to Thank YouThe Hooverville-ites

    Little GirlsMiss Hannigan

    I Think I'm Gonna Like It HereGrace Farrell, Annie, Drake, Cecille, Annette, Mrs. Pugh and Other Servants

    N.Y.C. Oliver Warbucks, Grace Farrell, Annie, A Star to Be and New Yorkers

    Easy Street Miss Hannigan, Rooster Hannigan and Lily St. Regis

    You Won't Be an Orphan for Long Grace Farrell, Drake, Mrs. Pugh, Cecille, Annette, Servants and Oliver Warbucks



    ACT TWO


    You're Never Fully Dressed Without a SmileBert Healy, Bonnie Boylan, Connie Boylan, Ronnie Boylan and The Hour of Smiles Family

    You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile (Reprise) The Orphans

    Easy Street (Reprise)Miss Hannigan, Rooster Hannigan and Lily St. Regis

    Tomorrow (Reprise)Annie, F.D.R., Oliver Warbucks and The Cabinet

    Something Was MissingOliver Warbucks

    I Don't Need Anything But YouOliver Warbucks and Annie

    AnnieGrace Farrell, Drake and The Staff

    Maybe (Reprise) Annie

    New Deal for ChristmasAnnie, Oliver Warbucks, Grace Farrell, F.D.R., The Orphans and The Staff
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MULTIMEDIA: WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM THIS SHOW?
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    VIDEO
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    Lilla Crawford, Jane Lynch, and the orphans perform "It's The Hard-Knock Life" and "Little Girls" on the Tony Awards.
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    Performance highlights from the 2012 Broadway revival starring Lilla Crawford, Anthony Warlow, and Katie Finneran.
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    Brittny Kissinger of the 1997 Broadway revival in a performance of 'Tomorrow' at the Tony Awards.
    MUSIC
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    Tomorrow2012 Broadway Revival Cast Recording

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    It's The Hard-Knock LifeOriginal Broadway Cast Recording

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Comments

4 months ago
'One of the all-time great musicals. Everybody loves Tomorrow" and it is great, but "Maybe" and "Hard Knock Life" are the show stoppers for me.
2 years ago
The new production looks awesome. I'm glad they finally got some new costumes and wigs. I was getting really sick seeing those original costumes, over and over and over again lol. Also the casting looks perfect all round
2 years ago
timeless classic. will see this in december with the family. can't wait
4 years ago
the girl in 1997 version is so cute! This is an awsome musical for KIDS and FAMILY! My oldest niece after seein a local part of ANNIE for the first time insisted in watching the 1982 Movie Version like EVERY NITE! The movie was pretty good. Carol Burnette and Tim Curry had a good roles...as well as Bernadette Peters...my favorite part of that movie was when Annie got to the see the president and warbucks, annie, president and elenor was singing and warbucks rolled his eyes at George Washington LOL