November 8, 2012
Plucky, tough and optimistic, little orphan Annie goes on the adventure of her young life trying to find her family in 1930s New York City. From Miss Hannigan’s orphanage to Oliver Warbucks’ Fifth Avenue mansion to F.D.R.’s White House, Annie never stops believing she will find her loving parents and that tomorrow will be a brighter day.
Annie is a musical adaptation of Harold Gray’s popular 1920s Chicago Tribune comic strip Little Orphan Annie. The musical’s creative team also said they were New Yorkers reacting against the United States during the Nixon years.
Annie made its world premiere on August 10, 1976, at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut, starring Kristen Vigard in the title role and Dorothy Loudon as Miss Hannigan. On April 21, 1977, the musical opened at Broadway’s Alvin Theatre (now the Neil Simon) starring Loudon and Andrea McArdle. The original Broadway production of Annie ran 2,377 performances and received 10 Tony nominations, winning seven awards, including Best Musical and Best Actress. The first Broadway revival opened at the Martin Beck Theatre on March 26, 1977, starring Nell Carter and Brittny Kissinger, and closed after 239 performances.
Book by Thomas Meehan; music by Charles Strouse; and lyrics by Martin Charnin.
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.
—Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for Favorite Musical Revival
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Musical
—Drama League Award nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical
—Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Musical
The show originally opened with “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” until Charnin and Strouse realized that “Maybe” needed to be the first song audiences heard in the show so that they had a better idea of who the character of Annie was right off the bat.