Calling All "Orphans": Annie Producers Plan Open Audition in L.A. and Omaha

News   Calling All "Orphans": Annie Producers Plan Open Audition in L.A. and Omaha
 
Red hair is optional. Open auditions for the title orphan of Broadway's 2012 revival of the musical Annie will be held in Los Angeles July 15 and Omaha, NE, July 17-18.

Telsey and Co., the casting office for the new Broadway production, is seeking girls ages 6-12 to play Annie's pals from Miss Hannigan's orphanage. The production, directed by Tony Award-winner James Lapine, will open in fall 2012 at a Nederlander theatre to be announced.

"We saw great talent at our recent New York City open call, with 1,248 girls turning out to audition," producer Arielle Tepper Madover said in a statement. "I cannot wait to see the talent we find in Los Angeles [and] Omaha… When I first saw the original production in 1980 at the age of eight, I wanted to be Annie and I am so thrilled that some lucky young girl will be getting that opportunity as a new generation discovers this wonderful musical."

Los Angeles auditions will be held from 10 AM to 4 PM July 15 at the United Methodist Church at 6817 Franklin Avenue in Los Angeles. Check-in time is 9 AM.

Omaha Performing Arts and the Broadway Dreams summer intensive program are partnering on the Omaha casting call, where auditions will be held from 3 PM to 7 PM July 17 and from 9 AM to 1 PM on July 18 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas Street in Omaha. Registration and check-in time is 2 PM on July 17 and 8 AM July 18.

Girls should be prepared to sing a song a cappella and should also bring sheet music (not from the show), in case they are asked to sing with accompaniment. Additional details about the auditions and are available at www.anniethemusical.com.

For those unable to audition in person, a taped audition can be submitted through the show's website, www.anniethemusical.com.

Annie features music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and book by Thomas Meehan, based on the newspaper cartoon character "Little Orphan Annie" by Harold Gray.

The Great Depression-set musical comedy about a billionaire who adopts a moppet, much to chagrin of orphanage mistress Miss Hannigan, won the Tony Award as Best Musical in 1977. It also snagged Tonys for Best Book and Score, among other wins.

The new production will be produced on Broadway by Arielle Tepper Madover, Roger Horchow, Jane Bergère, Roger Berlind, Roy Furman, Sally Horchow, Stacey Mindich, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., and Daryl Roth.

The original production ran almost six years and played 2,377 performances. A film version and a later TV-movie version were made.

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