Annie on Broadway to Close in January
It’s a hard knock life! As a new year begins on Broadway, we will slowly start to see some closing notices from the productions of last season which don’t see a future much longer in the current Broadway scene. Sadly, one of those first announcements has come and it’s one of our favorites currently playing. While it seems Annie found her home on Broadway for quite some time this past year, it looks as though America’s favorite orphan will now be looking for a new place to stay. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the sad news that Annie on Broadway will shutter come this January!
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.
Producers announced this past week that the Tony nominated revival of Annie would close on Broadway just after the new year begins. A closing date of January 5th, 2014 has been set. The show began previews on Broadway last October and officially opened at The Palace Theatre in the heart of Times Square on November 8th, 2012. By the time the show closes, it will have played a total of 487 performances and 38 previews. The production is set to launch a national tour which will begin in the 2014-2015 season.
Annie first premiered on Broadway in 1977 and went on to win 7 Tony Awards including the Triple Crown of theatre which includes the Tony Award for Best Score, Best Book and Best Musical. That production ran for 2,377 performances and produced multiple national tours afterwards. Annie‘s first revival on Broadway was in 1997. However, the production only ran for 7 months and a limited national tour followed that. This is Annie‘s second revival on Broadway and was in honor of the show’s 35th anniversary.
This latest revival of Annie was helmed by Tony Award winner James Lapine who served as director. The show was also choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler. The rest of the production team includes David Korins as scenic designer, Tony-winner Susan Hilferty as costume designer, Tony-winner Donald Holder as lighting designer and Tony-winner Brian Ronan as sound designer. All projections were designed by Wendall K. Harrington.
The current cast of Annie includes Tony Award winner Faith Prince as Miss Hannigan, Anthony Warlow as Daddy Warbucks, and 11-year-olds Taylor Richardson and Sadie Sink as Annie. Other leads include Jenni Barber as Grace Farrell, Clarke Thorell as Rooster Hannigan, and J. Elaine Marcos as Lily St. Regis. The rest of the cast includes 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. Also included are 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.
I couldn’t be more sad to see Annie on Broadway close after a year in New York. I was lucky enough to see this production twice during it’s run and absolutely loved it both times. This show has something about it. Whether it be the talented young ones, the irresistable score or the incredible message behind it, I have loved every second of Annie on Broadway. This show has opened the door for thousands of young children to see the performing arts live for the very first time and that is so truly important. While I am tempted to see this show one last time before it closes, my schedule of current Broadway productions to see is already overflowing. If you haven’t seen this production, please do before it closes. It is an all around solid American production you can’t help but fall in love with.
So make your way down easy street in Times Square and check out Annie on Broadway before this wonderful revival disappears after the holidays! I am very happy that producer’s decided to keep this show around through the holidays as it will prove a fantastic production for those visiting New York City looking to get into the holiday spirit! For more information, check out the Official Annie Revival on Broadway Website! Visit 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!