The new production of the Tony Award-winning musical Annie, directed by Tony Award winner James Lapine, will open in fall 2012 at a Nederlander theatre to be announced.
"Seeing the original Broadway production of Annie changed my life — I know I speak for many when I say that at the age of eight, I wanted to be Annie," producer Arielle Tepper Madover said in a statement. "I simply cannot wait to begin the process of finding our Annie and orphans for this exciting new production."
Annie, the musical inspired by the Harold Gray comic strip "Little Orphan Annie," features music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and book by Thomas Meehan.
Annie will be produced on Broadway by Arielle Tepper Madover, Roger Horchow, Jane Bergère, Roger Berlind, Roy Furman, Sally Horchow, Stacey Mindich, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., and Daryl Roth.
The original production of Annie opened April 21, 1977, at the Alvin Theatre and went on to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, seven Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the Grammy for Best Cast Show Album and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book (Thomas Meehan) and Best Score (Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin). The show was one of the biggest Broadway musical hits of the 1970s, running for almost six years and playing 2,377 performances.
The famous score includes "Maybe," "It's the Hard Knock Life," "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You" and the anthem "Tomorrow."