Former Annie Kids Deal with "Life After Tomorrow" on Showtime

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"Life After Tomorrow," a documentary by original Annie cast member Julie Stevens — about how the musical forever changed the lives of the show's orphans — debuts on Showtime Dec. 24. Sarah Jessica Parker, Martin Charnin and Charles Strouse appear in the film.

Stevens — who closed the original Broadway run as orphan Pepper — co-directs the film with Gil Cates, Jr. The film has run a film-festival circuit (Malibu International, Newport Beach, Palm Beach International, Phoenix) and made its New York debut at the Museum of Television and Radio Oct. 21.

The film airs on Dec. 24 at 8 PM and will rerun on Showtime Dec. 25 at 3 PM. (All times ET.) Check your local listings.

"Life After Tomorrow" is billed as "a personal journey" of Stevens, who with Cates, Jr., "spoke with over 40 women who played orphans in the show during its original run on Broadway, from 1977-1983. The film explores the life-changing repercussions of child performers in Annie as many orphan cast members revisit their experience in the show, their childhood, family support structure, what happened when they left the show and tried to resume a 'normal' childhood, and what they are doing today."

In addition to Annie creators Charnin and Strouse, the film also features "fans, agents, adult cast members and a new generation of Annie orphans." Arguably the most well-known Annie alum, Parker is included in the film along with MSNBC anchor Dara Brown, recording artist Joanna Pacitti, actresses Martha Byrne and Alison Smith and songwriter Danielle Brisebois. (Original Broadway Annie Andrea McArdle and the 1982 film's star Aileen Quinn do not appear.)

Chris Kelly and Motty Reif serve as executive producers. Thomas M. Harting is the director of photography, Steven J. Escobar is editor and Megan Cavallari provides music. A revival of Annie is currently enjoying a limited engagement through Dec. 30 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

For more information, visit the documentary's website at lifeaftertomorrow.com.

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