Orphan Annie Will Be Princess of Broadway's Palace; Opening Night Is Nov. 8

News   Orphan Annie Will Be Princess of Broadway's Palace; Opening Night Is Nov. 8 The producers of the new Broadway production of Annie announced the Palace Theatre as the musical's home starting this fall. Previews begin Oct. 3 prior to a Nov. 8 opening night.

Lilla Crawford
Lilla Crawford

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As previously announced, 11-year-old Lilla Crawford (Billy Elliot) will star in the title role in the revival directed by three-time Tony Award winner James Lapine and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler. Crawford will be joined by Emily Rosenfeld as Molly, the littlest orphan; Tyrah Skye Odoms as Kate, the next-to-littlest orphan; Junah Jang as Tessie, the cry-baby orphan; Georgi James as Pepper, the toughest orphan; Madi Rae DiPietro as July, the quietest orphan and Taylor Richardson as Duffy, the biggest orphan.  Jaidyn Young will be the standby for the roles of Annie, Pepper, Duffy and July. Richardson will understudy the role of Annie. 

Additional casting will be announced.

Annie features music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and book by Thomas Meehan, who all won Tonys for the show in 1977.

The new creative team includes scenic designer David Korins, costume designer Susan Hilferty, lighting designer Donald Holder and sound designer Brian Ronan. Music director is Todd Ellison. Hair and wig design is by Tom Watson. Casting is by Telsey + Company. Animal training is by Tony Award winner William Berloni (who shepherded the original production's mutt, "Sandy"). Annie will be produced on Broadway by Arielle Tepper Madover, Roger Horchow, Sally Horchow, Roger Berlind, Roy Furman, Debbie Bisno, Stacey Mindich, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Jane Bergère/Daryl Roth and Eva Price/Christina Papagjika.

The original production opened April 21, 1977, at the Alvin Theatre and went on to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, seven Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the Grammy for Best Cast Show Album and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book (Thomas Meehan) and Best Score (Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin). The show played 2,377 performances.

The score includes the optimistic anthem "Tomorrow," plus "Maybe," "It's the Hard Knock Life," "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You," "NYC" and more.

Visit www.AnnieTheMusical.com and follow Annie on Twitter @AnnieOnBroadway and on Facebook.

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