PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Backstage at Theatre Under The Stars' Annie, Starring George Dvorsky and Michele Ragusa
By Matthew Blank
Danny Gardner, currently appearing in Theatre Under The Stars' Annie, offers an exclusive look at the production and the iconic Houston venue.
Playbill.com readers are invited to tour the show's set and meet the hard-working cast and crew who bring Annie to life.
Sadie Sink takes on the title role of the redheaded orphan, with George Dvorsky (Passion, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) as Daddy Warbucks, Glory Crampton (Phantom, Death Takes a Holiday) as Grace Farrell and Michele Ragusa (Young Frankenstein, Urinetown) as Miss Hannigan.
Mark Waldrop (When Pigs Fly) directs Annie, which runs through April 1. Annie has music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and a book by Thomas Meehan. Tara Jeanne Vallee choreographs.
The cast also includes Dave Schoonover (Cats) as Rooster, Brandi Wooten (9 to 5) as Lili and Tom Treadwell (Ragtime) as Franklin D. Roosevelt. Dog trainer Bill Berloni was brought in to train Macy in the role of Annie's furry pal, Sandy.
The orphans are Margarite Durning (July), Megan McGuff (Pepper), Mandy Miller (Kate), Elise Shoss (Duffy), Jacqueline Touchet (Tessie), Mara-Catherine Wissinger (Molly), Mallory Bechtel, Maddie Dyer, Raiya Goodman, Elyssa Kim, Miho Maeda, Savannah May, Abigail Moorhead, Lauren Santana and Katja Yanko.
The adult ensemble features J. David Anderson, Bill Bateman, Caitlin Cannon, Christopher Carothers, Tess Ferrel, Danny Gardner, Dustin J. Harder, Rod Roberts, Susan Shofner, Roger Preston Smith, Dorothy Stanley, Michael Tapley, Erin Wasmund and Nikol Wolf.
Eddy Robinson serves as musical director and conductor. The Annie creative team also includes sound designer Kit Bond, lighting designer Richard Winkler and assistant lighting designer Paul Hudson.
Annie earned seven Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Score for its 1977 debut starring Andrea McArdle in the title role. The production ran for 2,377 performances and has enjoyed numerous national tours and a Broadway revival. A new Broadway production is aiming for a 2013 arrival.
Popular songs from the production include "Tomorrow," "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile," "Maybe," "Little Girls," "It's the Hard-Knock Life" and "Easy Street."
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