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Annie and SandyLilla Crawford as "Annie" and Sunny as "Sandy" in Annie.

Spotlight On: Annie

A new production of the 1977 Tony Award-winning Best Musical about America's favorite orphan and her beloved pooch, Sandy.



With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. This beloved Broadway musical features the songs “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 opening-night cast included Lilla Crawford (Annie), Anthony Warlow (Daddy Warbucks), and Katie Finneran (Miss Hannigan).


Annie (musical revival)
Opening Night - November 08 2012
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  • All of the dogs seen on stage in Annie are rescued animals, trained by 2011 Tony Honors recipient William Berloni.
  • A young Sarah Jessica Parker is among the stars who have played the title character on Broadway. She took on the role of Annie during the show’s initial run.


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This musical by Charles Strouse (music), Martin Charnin (lyrics), and Thomas Meehan (book) is based on the comic strip "Little Orphan Annie" by Harold Gray. The show premiered in 1976 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT. It opened on Broadway in 1977 with Andrea McArdle in the title role (later played by Sarah Jessica Parker, among others) and Dorothy Louden as Miss Hannigan.  The show won seven Tony Awards that year including Best Musical.  A 20th-anniversary revival opened on Broadway in 1997.  A movie version of the musical was released in 1982. There was also a TV adaptation released in 1999. Filming for a new screen version of Annie, produced by Will Smith, is set to begin in late 2013.


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