Leapin' Lizards! Equity Prexy Patrick Quinn Is a Daddy at Philly's Walnut Street, Nov. 4-Jan. 4

News   Leapin' Lizards! Equity Prexy Patrick Quinn Is a Daddy at Philly's Walnut Street, Nov. 4-Jan. 4 Patrick Quinn, president of Actors' Equity Association, will be wearing a new hat — and a new haircut — in the Walnut Street Theatre staging of Annie.
Patrick Quinn.
Patrick Quinn.

Quinn, a veteran of Broadway's The Sound of Music, A Class Act and more, will play the bald-headed billionaire, Daddy Warbucks, starting Nov. 4 at the legendary Philadelphia theatre. Quinn happens to be a Philly native.

Amy Bodnar, the most recent Laurey in Broadway's Oklahoma!, is secretary Grace Farrell. Playing the title role in rotation are Ashlee Keating and Arianna Claire Vogel. Keating appeared on Broadway in the revival of The Sound of Music and has toured in Annie. Vogel was featured in the Walnut Street's production of The Sound of Music.

The Tony Award-winning musical inspired by the comic strip, "Little Orphan Annie," opens Nov. 12 and runs to Jan. 4, 2004.

Charles Abbott directs the Charles Strouse-Thomas Meehan-Martin Charnin show. Musical director is Sherman Frank.

Choreographer Mary Jane Houdina assisted Tony Award winner Peter Gennaro on the musical staging of the original Broadway production of Annie. Abbott staged The Sound of Music for Walnut Street last season and artistic-directs Maine State Theatre, where a new version of Hans Christian Andersen premiered earlier this year. Deborah Jean Templin plays the orphan-harried matron Miss Hannigan. She has appeared internationally in Playing for Time and has toured nationally in Mamma Mia!, Titanic, Baby and Annie.

Amy Bodnar plays the ever-efficient secretary Grace. Don Burroughs (national tour of The Full Monty) and Mollie Hall play the wily cons Rooster Hannigan and Lily St. Regis.

John-Charles Kelly plays FDR. He's a Walnut Street favorite, having appeared in The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady and Into the Woods. Lola plays Annie's mutt, Sandy.

Two alternating casts of young actresses undertake the roles of Annie's orphan pals: Christiana Anbri, Josie Andrews, Kristina Biddle, Ashley Birmingham, Shannon Leigh Christmann, Carly Hawkins, Karalyn Hutton, Jessica Jenkins, Meredith Lipson, Rose Marinari, Brandy Panfili and Roxanne Quilty.

The ensemble includes Sharon Alexander, Gillian Burke, Lee Golden, Tom Helmer, A. Michael McKee, Patrick Pettys, Joyce A. Presutti, Rebecca Robbins, Christine Robertson, Ed Romanoff, Donna M. Ryan, Nicholas F. Saverine and Dan Schiff.

Tickets range $10-$70. Walnut Street Theatre is at 825 Walnut Street in Philadelphia. For ticket information, (215) 574-3550. For more information, visit www.wstonline.org.