Jealous, fame-seeking dogs need no longer wish ill on Zappa, the canine playing Sandy in the Broadway-bound, 20th anniversary tour of Annie. There's another dog in the show, and the producers are holding an open call for four-legged thespians to play that doggie, as well as Zappa's understudy.
No previous acting experience is necessary for this open casting call "for adorable pooches who can take direction, look forlorn and have aspirations to stardom." Members of the Annie company, as well as Sandy's trainer, Bill Berloni, will judge the aspirants at the Douglas Fairbanks Theatre (changed at the last minute from the John Houseman next door), 432 West 42nd St., beginning 10:30 AM. Owners are asked to have their dogs at the theatre before 12:30 PM. (Ironically, the Fairbanks is the current home of a very different animal -- flying pigs -- albeit metaphorically in the hit gay revue, When Pigs Fly.)
Dogs should make sure their masters teach them a simple trick demonstrating ability to follow directions. The winning woofer will appear in one performance -- and win a pair of Sandy's own house seats (K9-K10) for the owner.
The revival of Annie starring Nell Carter, John Schuck and Joanna Pacitti, recently changed its opening date from March 27 to March 26. Currently on tour, the musical will begin previews at the Martin Beck Theatre March 14 (a day later than the originally scheduled first preview.)
Tickets are on sale through Tele-charge. You are also be able to order tickets on Playbill On-Line. For more Annie background, please see Playbill On-Line's story, "Annie's Sun Will Come Out One Day Earlier." For tickets ($55-$75, $35 students) and information on the Broadway Annie, which is produced by Terri & Timothy Childs, Rodger Hess and Jujamcyn Theatres, call (212) 239-6200. Evening curtain times will be 7:30 PM to make the show more "family-friendly."
-- By David Lefkowitz