26 Mar 2013
The first Broadway revival of Annie, starring Nell Carter, Conrad John Schuck, and Brittny Kissinger, opened its 239-performance run on March 26, 1997. Playbill.com looks back at the original Broadway production, a few notable subsequent stagings and the infamous 1993 sequel.
Annie won the 1977 Tony Award for Best Musical, as well as a Best Actress Award for original Miss Hannigan Dorothy Loudon. It ran 2,377 performances, closing in January 1983.
Over the next 35 years, the show would go on to enjoy multiple national tours and stagings in London and countries all over the world. It was revived on Broadway in 1997, in a production starring Nell Carter.
There have been two attempts at stage sequels: Annie 2: Miss Hannigan's Revenge opened in 1989 at the Kennedy Center, and Annie Warbucks ran for 200 performances at the Off-Broadway Variety Arts Theatre in 1993.
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