By Michael Gioia
21 Oct 2013
Raines played Benjamin Stone in the Broadway revival of Follies, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award; his Broadway credits also include Newsies, Chicago, Show Boat and Teddy & Alice. He is a three-time Emmy Award nominee for "Guiding Light."
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 cast also includes Jenni Barber 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 Duffy, Pepper, July and Tessie. Rounding out the cast are Jane Blass, Mary Callanan, Jeremy Davis, Tessa Grady, Joel Hatch, Danette Holden, Fred Inkley, Gavin Lodge, Alexandra Matteo, Shina Ann Morris, Justin Patterson, Keven Quillon, David Rossetti, Sarah Solie, Ryan VanDenBoom and Matt Wall.