The film will follow the development of a single production number from the upcoming Broadway revival of Annie, "It's the Hard-Knock Life," which is defiantly belted out by the orphans. The program will capture the earliest phases of the creative process through opening night at the Palace Theatre. In related news, on Oct. 1, two days before Annie begins previews, Thirteen will launch a comprehensive Annie website featuring quizzes, historical games, audio presentations and video interviews with the Broadway production team.
"We're extremely excited to partner with Thirteen on this innovative project," said Annie producer Arielle Tepper Madover in a statement. "The Web site and the upcoming PBS special will not only greatly enhance our current production, but serve as a lasting memento of a beloved show - one seen by over 50 million people in its various incarnations - and an entertaining primer on producing a musical that we know will appeal to kids everywhere."
The Annie education site will be available at www.thirteen.org/annie, and also via www.anniethemusical.com.