PHOTO CALL: Annie, With Anthony Warlow, Bows in Sydney

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Anthony Warlow, Nancye Hayes, Todd McKenney and Chloe Dallimore are among the stars of a new Australian production of the hit musical Annie, which opens in Sydney Jan. 5.

The cast is headed by Anthony Warlow as Daddy Warbucks, Nancye Hayes as the tyrannical Miss Hannigan, Todd McKenney as Rooster Hannigan, Chloe Dallimore as Lily St. Regis, Julie Goodwin as Warbucks’ secretary Grace Farrell and Alan Jones as President Roosevelt.

Siena Elchaar (age 12), Lucille Le Meledo (age 11) and Ella Nicol (age 10) rotate in the title role.

The ensemble cast includes Lisa Bluthal, Tony Farrell, Anna Freeland, Todd Goddard, Emma Hawthorne, Luke Joslin, Jayde Kirchert, James Lee, Samantha Riley, Stephanie Silcock, Brianne Turk, Rod Waterworth, Jack Webster and Matt Young.

In a statement producer John Frost said, "I’m often asked when Annie will return to the stage, and I’m thrilled that for this new production we have the A-list of Australian musical theatre talent – Anthony Warlow reprising one of his favourite roles, Nancye Hayes putting her mark on the role of the mean Miss Hannigan, and Todd McKenney, Chloe Dallimore and Julia Goodwin who are the cream of Australian talent. And I know Alan Jones will surprise everyone in his musical theatre debut. Our production team is top quality as well - director Karen Johnson-Mortimer, choreographer Kelly Aykers and musical director Peter Casey. You can bet your bottom dollar Annie will be a hit again in 2012!” 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."

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