Holding onto hope when times are tough can take an awful lot of determination, and sometimes, an awful lot of determination comes in a surprisingly small package. Little Orphan Annie has reminded generations of theatergoers that sunshine is always right around the corner, and now the best-loved musical of all time is set to return in a new production – just as you remember it and just when we need it most.
ANNIE, directed by Jenn Thompson, features the iconic book and score written by Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin. This celebration of family, optimism and the American spirit remains the ultimate cure for all the hard knocks life throws your way. “One of the best family musicals ever penned!” - Chicago Tribune
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North American Tour Cast Announced:
In the title role of Annie is Rainier “Rainey” Treviño, an 11 year old from Chesapeake, Virginia making her national tour debut. Returning principal cast includes Stefanie Londino as “Miss Hannigan,” Christopher Swan as “Oliver Warbucks,” Julia Nicole Hunter as “Grace,” and Mark Woodard as “FDR.” Also starring in the tour are Jeffrey T. Kelly as “Rooster” and Samantha Stevens as “Lily. Georgie, rescued by William Berloni, stars as “Sandy.”
The Orphans are Savannah Austin, Arianna Guller, Avery Hope, Addie Jaymes, Kylie Noelle Patterson and Jade Smith.
The featured ensemble includes Jerquintez A. Gipson, Caroline Glazier, Chance K. Ingalls, Kaleb Jenkins, Jaelle Laguerre, Tony Mowatt, Nick Traficante, Kaylie Mae Wallace, Callie Alexa, Brooke Olivia Gatto, and Trent Tyson.
Show Running Time & Age Recommendation
Annie runs approximately 2 hours and 30 minute, including intermission.
Annie is the quintessential family show and appeals to a broad range of ages - young and old. Parents can introduce their children to their first theatrical experience as this timeless musical comes to life!
The History of Annie
ANNIE, the best loved musical of all time, is back in a new production just as you remember it and just when we need it most.
ANNIE is based on Harold Gray's popular comic strip Little Orphan Annie, which debuted on August 5, 1924 in the New York Daily News, and became one of the most widely read strips in the 30s and 40s. Lyricist director Martin Charnin bought a coffee table book called "The Life and Hard Times of Little Orphan Annie" as a Christmas gift for a friend in 1970. The clerk at the bookstore was too busy to wrap the book, so Charnin took the book home to wrap it. Instead, he read it and fell in love with the strip, and set out to secure the rights. The friend never got the book.
Charnin championed the idea to colleagues Charles Strouse, a two time Tony-winning composer, and Thomas Meehan, a short story writer for The New Yorker. It took a great deal of campaigning to get them interested, but the team was finally formed in 1971 when they began to write the musical.
ANNIE made its World Premiere on August 10, 1976, at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut. On April 21, 1977 the original Broadway production opened and dominated the 1977 Tony Awards, earning 11 nominations and went on to win 7 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score.
The musical has been made into a film three times: the first version in 1982 was the Oscar-nominated feature film starring Carol Burnett, Albert Finney, Bernadette Peters and Tim Curry. In 1999, ANNIE was remade into a TV movie, starring Victor Garber, Kathy Bates, Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming, and an additional film adaptation in 2014 with a cast that included Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz. The show was most recently featured as a live television production on NBC in 2021.
The show remains one of the biggest Broadway musical hits ever. It ran for 2,377 performances after it first opened, and has been performed in 28 languages and has been running somewhere around the world for 45 years.
Bill Berloni and "Sandy"
Bill Berloni was a 20 year old apprentice at the Goodspeed Opera House when a producer offered him his big break: a chance to act professionally and gain his Equity Card. In return, all Bill had to do was find and train a dog to play "Sandy" in the original production of Annie.
Bill found his dog at a local animal shelter and from that moment he made training rescued dogs for the stage his passion and career. Through a combination of persistence, patience and trial and error, he developed his revolutionary humane training techniques learning how to teach actor and animal alike to create a successful performance.
The original production of Annie became a huge hit and "Sandy" became “the longest running dog on Broadway,” never missing a performance in more than seven years. For the touring productions, Sandy has an understudy and travels with an animal trainer who attends to his needs. The Sandys cast for the role are always rescue dogs from animal shelters. Berloni hopes that with every Sandy, it helps audiences see a different perspective on animal adoption.
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Free Workshop at Steton Library
Held at Stetson Library, 197 Dixwell Ave., New Haven.
Saturday, February 10, 2024, 2:00–3:00pm
For ages 3 and up
This workshop will include story time, arts and crafts, and a free book for every child attending.
Workshop is FREE, but registration is requested - registration will open one month before the event.
Girl Scout Patch Program for Annie
Earn an exclusive Shubert Theatre Girl Scout participation patch!
There are 3 ways to earn a Shubert patch:
- Attend a pre-show patch program (must have a ticket to the show, program costs $10/Girl Scout including patch)
- Take a backstage tour of the Shubert on a non-show day with your troop (cost is $10/Girl Scout including patch)
- Attend any Shubert show and buy a patch at the box office ($5/patch)
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