Annie The Musical
Put away the cobwebs and the sorrow, Annie's here to bring a smile to your face. When she's invited to stay at the sumptuous mansion of billionaire industrialist Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks, it's a massive change from the Dickensian drudgery of the Municipal Girls Orphanage, shambolically run by the drunken Miss Hannigan. But as she dreams of being reunited with her long-lost parents, you can bet your bottom dollar this plucky little girl will use all of her moxie to win over her new benefactor. With its gymnastic dance numbers, crowd-pleasing laughs and show-stopping tunes, it's easy to see why this big-hearted musical has been packing 'em in for over 40 years. No need to wait until tomorrow, pick up some Annie tickets at StubHub today!
Annie: from cartoon to Broadway legend
This hugely popular show was inspired by a comic strip, Little Orphan Annie, which ran from 1924 right through to 2010. Lyricist Martin Charnin and scriptwriter Thomas Meehan adapted the unwieldy source material into a simple yet compelling story full of earthy humour and powerful, relatable emotions, while composer Charles Strouse supplied the score, which included the standout hit “Tomorrow”. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1977, where it went on to collect seven Tony Awards. Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex in the City) was one of the young actresses to take on the title role during the original six-year run, while Molly Ringwald (Pretty in Pink) and Alyssa Milano (Charmed) were among the future stars who played Annie's fellow orphans at various times. In 1982, there was a film version directed by John Huston and starring Albert Finney which received several Oscar nominations.
A closer look at Annie's Miss Hannigan
One of the most entertaining characters in Annie is the slovenly orphanage matron Miss Hannigan, whose loathing of children is equalled only by her fondness for hard liquor. Over the decades this fun, pantomime dame-like role has attracted a plethora of top talent. Sheila Hancock performed the part in the original 1978 West End production, opposite Stratford Johns as Daddy Warbucks, while the 1998 revival featured Lily Savage (aka comedian Paul O'Grady). A lavish West End production in 2017 starred the comedienne Miranda Hart.
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