Duration: 30 minutes
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Book by Thomas Meehan
Based on the Tribune Media Service Comic Strip, Little Orphan Annie
The idea of turning Harold Gray's "Little Orphan Annie" into a musical comedy was the inspiration of lyricist-director Martin Charnin, who convinced Charles Strouse and librettist Thomas Meehan to join in creating it. The show, which places Annie, Daddy Warbucks and Annie's mutt, Sandy, in New York City in the midst of the Depression, opened on Broadway on April 21, 1977.
As an infant, Annie had been abandoned on the front steps of The New York City Municipal Orphanage with a note from her parents promising to return for her someday. Life in the orphanage had been rough under the strict hand of Miss Hannigan, but Annie's life was about to change. Billionaire Oliver Warbucks invites Annie to spend Christmas with him in his mansion, and together, they each discover new happiness. Warbucks soon decides he wants to adopt Annie, but when he learns about her dream of finding her parents and the secret of the half-locket she has treasured for so long, he sets his own feelings aside and orders an exhaustive search for Annie's parents.
Annie went on to win seven Tony awards and became the third longest running musical of the 1970s with 2,377 performances. It also won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. Writing in The World of Musical Comedy, author Stanley Green has said, "...she has unquestionably taken her place as Broadway's most beloved waif of all times."

It's the Hard-Knock Life
[Annie, Orphans]

[Annie, Sandy]

Little Girls
[Miss Hannigan]

Easy Street
[Rooster, Miss Hannigan, Lily]

[Warbucks, Grace, Annie, Star(s)-To-Be, Ensemble]

You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile
[Tessie, July, Kate,

ANNIE is a complex, tough, streetwise urchin who is surprisingly vulnerable when she thinks she might lose what has become most important to her: her newfound "family."

The ORPHANS are gritty girls that are neglected and vulnerable, yet basically honest and lovable. Each actress should be able to shape her own specific character, be a good singer and visually expressive.

MOLLY is the littlest, age 6

KATE is the next-to-youngest, age 7

TESSIE is the crybaby, age 10

PEPPER is the toughest, age 12

JULY is the quietest, age 13

DUFFY is the oldest, age 13

MISS HANNIGAN is a definite "has-been." Her distaste for her job should ooze from every line she delivers.

GRACE FARRELL is Oliver Warbucks's calm,cool and classy secretary. She appears businesslike when dealing with Miss Hannigan and Warbucks, yet maternal toward Annie. This is a great feature part for an actress who is likable, sweet and confident.

ROOSTER HANNIGAN and LILY ST. REGIS are the comic team who claim to be Annie's parents but are revealed to be Miss Hannigan's swindling brother

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Audio Sampler
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(ShowKit™ Includes: 30 Actor's Scripts, Piano/Vocal Score, Director's Guide, 2 Performance/Accompaniment CDs, Choreography DVD, Media Disc, 30 Family Matters Booklets, Contains Digital Components)
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