PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Young Star Issie Swickle Chops Off and Dyes Her Hair in Preparation for Annie Tour
Directed by lyricist and original director Martin Charnin, the non-Equity tour will feature a brand-new physical incarnation of the Tony Award-winning musical.
In the title role will be Issie Swickle, a nine-year-old actress from Davie, FL, making her tour debut. Gilgamesh Taggett will star as Oliver Warbucks with Lynn Andrews as Miss Hannigan, Ashley Edler as Grace, Garrett Deagon as Rooster, Lucy Werner as Lily and Allan Ray Baker as FDR. Sunny, a four-year-old rescue terrier mix, stars as Sandy. The orphans are Angelina Carballo, Adia Dant, LillyBea Ireland, Sydney Shuck, Lilly Mae Stewart and Isabel Wallach. The featured ensemble includes Amy Burgmaier, Cameron Mitchell Bell, John Cormier, Brian Cowing, Todd Fenstermaker, Chloe Horner, Evan Mayer, Jake Mills, Meghan Seaman, Hannah Slabaugh, Lily Emilia Smith and Chloe Tiso.
“Sandy” will be trained by Tony Award Honoree William Berloni.
Annie has a book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Charnin. All three received 1977 Tony Awards for their work. Choreography is by Liza Gennaro, who will incorporate selections from her father Peter Gennaro’s 1977 Tony Award-winning choreography.
The production will also feature scenic design by Tony Award winner Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Suzy Benzinger, lighting design by Tony Award winner Ken Billington and sound design by Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenksi.
Musical supervision and additional orchestrations are by Keith Levenson; casting is by Joy Dewing CSA and Holly Buczek CSA, Joy Dewing Casting.
For tickets and additional information visit www.anniethemusical.com.
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