We know you're gonna like it here! Broadway Balances America, a special six-part series airing on Lifetime Television’s The Balancing Act, kicks off on August 12 with an exclusive casting announcement and a sneak peek at the new national tour of the Tony-winning musical Annie. Tune in as The Balancing Act hits the road to go on location in Manhattan as the production searches for its next stars, and be the first to meet the young lady who captures the role of America’s favorite orphan.
Special correspondent Amber Milt takes viewers to Pearl Studios in Manhattan where young hopefuls are vying for the lead in the upcoming tour of Annie, the musical that tells the beloved story of Little Orphan Annie. The Annie segment puts a spotlight on young kids and their parents going through the audition process to show what it takes to play one of Broadway’s most cherished roles and how families keep the balance in their lives with child actors.
Director Martin Charnin, original co-creator, lyricist and director of 1977's Annie, choreographer Liza Gennaro and casting director Joy Dewing share what they look for in the auditions, and animal trainer William Berloni talks about what he looks for when the young ladies audition with their furry co-star, “Sandy.” Viewers will get a glimpse of one young lady’s dreams coming true as Charnin offers her the coveted role of Annie. The young actress also makes a special guest appearance at The Balancing Act studios where the casting of the new touring production’s “orphans” will be exclusively revealed.
This production of Annie will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Charnin, Annie includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”
Visit the official Broadway Balances America website to discover more about this exciting new series and to find out which Broadway musicals will be featured soon!