The production, which supports pet adoption, conducted a nationwide search with animal trainer and Tony Award winner Bill Berloni for a real-life shelter dog to play the role of Sandy. Sunny was picked from a Houston shelter to train for the role.
Additionally, in a dual effort to promote dog adoption and help provide shelters with resources, Annie teamed with Pedigree Brand for the "See the Show, Help a Dog" initiative. For each Annie ticket sold from debut through Dec. 31, Pedigree Brand is donating $2, up to $1 million, to Pedigree Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping dogs find loving homes. Co-branded merchandise is available both at Broadway's Palace Theatre, the home of Annie, and online, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the foundation.
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 Jenni Barber as Grace Farrell, Clarke Thorell as Rooster Hannigan, and J. Elaine Marcos 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.