VINTAGE PLAYBILL: Annie, Starring Andrea McArdle and Dorothy Loudon (1977)
02 Jan 2014
On this date 31 years ago, the original production of Annie closed after a highly successful 2,377-performance run. The Playbill Vault takes a look back at the musical's Broadway premiere.
Annie opened April 21, 1977, at the Alvin Theatre (now the Neil Simon). The production dominated the 1977 Tonys, earning awards for Best Musical, Score and Book. Andrea McArdle received a Tony nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Musical, but the award went to her co-star, Dorothy Loudon, who played Miss Hannigan. The Tonys also honored Theoni V. Aldredge's costume design, David Mitchell's scenic design and Peter Gennaro's choreography.
This vintage Playbill from May 1977 features the full original cast and production photos by Martha Swope. The production closed six years later on Jan. 2, 1983, following 2,377 performances.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.