Celebrating its 35th anniversary as one of the musical theater world’s most beloved family musicals, Annie opens on Broadway tonight in a new revival production directed by James Lapine. Based on the popular 1920s Little Orphan Annie comic strips, the tuneful musical about an optimistic, redhead orphan first came to Broadway in 1977 and went on to win Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book (written by The Producers and Hairspray scribe Thomas Meehan), and of course Best Score. Written by lyricist Martin Charnin and composer Charles Strouse, Annie‘s memorable score includes several well-known songs, among them “Tomorrow,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” and “It’s a Hard-Knock Life”.
11-year old Lilla Crawford (who already has Broadway’s Billy Elliot on her resume) stars as Annie. She is joined onstage by two-time Tony-winning funny lady Katie Finneran (Promises, Promises, Noises Off) as the comically villainous orphan matron Miss Hannigan and by Anthony Warlow, a musical theater star who hails from Australia, as Annie’s billionaire caretaker Daddy Warbucks.