Tony-Nominated Broadway Revival of Annie to Close
By Adam Hetrick
The Broadway revival of Annie, which began performances last November, will end its Broadway run Jan. 5, 2014, producers announced Sept. 5.
Directed by Tony Award winner James Lapine and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler, the revival opened on Broadway Nov. 8, 2012, at the Palace Theatre. It received one Tony Award nomination - Best Revival of a Musical.
When it closes, Annie will have played 487 performances and 38 previews. A national tour will launch during the 2014-15 season.
Representatives for the production could not confirm if the revival would recoup its investment by the time it concludes its run.
This is Annie's second Broadway revival. Charnin directed a 1997 production starring Nell Carter as Miss Hannigan (she was even given a new song). It ran only seven months on Broadway following a limited national tour.
Annie features music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and a book by Thomas Meehan. The original production earned seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book 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.
The cast features Tony Award winner Faith Prince as Miss Hannigan, Anthony Warlow as Daddy Warbucks, and 11-year-olds Taylor Richardson and Sadie Sink as Annie, with each girl also playing the orphan role of Duffy when not on as Annie.
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, and Skye Alyssa Friedman as standby for the roles of 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, Amanda Lea LaVergne, Gavin Lodge, Alexandra Matteo, Keven Quillon, David Rossetti, Sarah Solie, Ryan VanDenBoom and Matt Wall.
The creative team includes scenic designer David Korins, Tony-winning costume designer Susan Hilferty, Tony-winning lighting designer Donald Holder and Tony-winning sound designer Brian Ronan. Projection design is by Wendall K. Harrington.
Music director is Todd Ellison. Orchestrations are by Michael Starobin. Dance music arrangements are by Alex Lacamoire (In the Heights). Musical coordinator is Patrick Vaccariello. Hair and wig design is by Tom Watson. Animal training is by William Berloni, who was the trainer of the original production's "Sandy," and trainer of many future tours and first-class runs.
Annie is being produced on Broadway by Arielle Tepper Madover, Roger Horchow, Sally Horchow, Roger Berlind, Roy Furman, Debbie Bisno, Stacey Mindich, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Jane Bergère, Daryl Roth and Eva Price/Christina Papagjika.
For more about the new Broadway production, visit AnnieTheMusical.com.
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