Meet Sunny; The New Sandy for Annie on Broadway

The Broadway bound revival of the hit classic Annie is lighting up and it seems the sun has no even yet dawned for tomorrow. As the production continues to gain momentum as one of the most awaited productions of the 2012-2013 season, the Broadway revival of Annie has announced even more exciting news which we are here to bring you today. Today, Luner on Theatre is here to introduce you to Sunny, the new Sandy in the Broadway revival of Annie.

Annie is a musical that features music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and a book by Thomas Meehan. The musical is based after the hit comic strip, Little Orphan Annie, and opened on Broadway in 1977 to rave reviews. The musical follows one little girl (Annie) who lives in an orphanage as she works to find out who her real parents are. She does this with the help of a man who adopts her, Oliver ‘Daddy’ Warbucks, and his assistant Grace Farrell. Together, they work through triumph and tragedy to find out the truth behind Annie’s parents and discover love along the way. The revival of Annie will receive a revised book by original writer Thomas Meehan.

William Berloni, is a 2011 Tony Award honor recipient, who is known nationally for training dogs used in theatrical productions. When it comes to using live dogs in theatrical productions, he is your guy to go to. He has worked with dogs on such notable productions as the original Broadway production of Annie, The Wiz, The Wizard of Oz and Legally Blonde just to mention a few. In tradition, he usually works with animals that are real life shelter rescued animals. Following in his tradition, Berloni has selected 2 dogs that will be featured in the Annie revival on Broadway. One main dog and one back up both saved. Say hello to Sunny!

Sunny is a dog rescued from a shelter in Houston, Texas and is now set to star as Sandy in the new production of Annie on Broadway. She is pictured above with Berloni himself and at left with Lilla Crawford who will be playing Annie. The understudy dog chosen, Casey, was rescued from a Pedigree sponsored shelter near the brand’s hometown in Nashville, Tennessee. With the help of Pedigree, both dogs playing Sandy are being provided professional nutrition by Pedigree Food for Dogs and trained for their starring role using brand treats. The orphans of Annie, especially Annie herself, will all get the chance to work with the dog as it will become an important role in their everyday production.

The Broadway revival of Annie has much buzz already spinning around it. The production will find its home at The Palace Theatre beginning previews October 3rd and officially opening there November 8th, 2012. The musical has also already announced major leading roles in the production such as Annie, Ms. Hannigan and all the other orphans. Luner on Theatre has been covering all of this for you! Be sure to check out our entire theatre blog for all that information!

The Broadway revival of Annie is set to play The Palace Theatre come Fall 2012.Tickets for groups are now on sale. You truly do not want to wait till Tomorrow to experience the new life of this Broadway class. We also have learned who the New Orphans will be for the Annie revival. Luner on Theatre was also one of the first to reveal the new Ms. Hannigan for this Annie revival on Broadway. You can check out this all and more on the blog in various sections. For more information, check out Annie’s Official Broadway Website. Thank you to Joan Marcus for the fantastic photos! Also, be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!

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