"At the heart of the partnership is the Pedigree belief that every dog deserves a loving home. It’s a sentiment shared with Annie and Broadway – an organization that has cast shelter dogs in starring roles for decades."
As previously announced, Annie will play its final performance on Broadway Jan. 5, 2014.
The musical features a book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin, with all three authors receiving 1977 Tony Awards for their work. Annie is directed by Pulitzer Prize and three-time Tony Award winner James Lapine and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler. The production will launch a U.S. national tour in the 2014-15 season.
The cast also includes Brynn O'Malley as Grace Farrell, Clarke Thorell as Rooster Hannigan, and Kirsten Wyatt as Lily St. Regis. The orphans are Amaya Braganza as July, Gaby Bradbury as Pepper, Tyrah Skye Odoms as Tessie, Emily Rosenfeld as Molly, Brooklyn Shuck as Kate, Sadie Sink as Duffy and Skye Alyssa Friedman as standby for the roles of Annie, Duffy, Pepper, July and Tessie. The production also features Jane Blass, Mary Callanan, Jeremy Davis, Merwin Foard, Joel Hatch, Tessa Grady, Danette Holden, Fred Inkley, Gavin Lodge, Alexandra Matteo, Shina Ann Morris, Keven Quillon, David Rossetti, Sarah Solie, Ryan VanDenBoom and Matt Wall.