When Annie first wowed audiences at Connecticut's Goodspeed Opera House more than 34 years ago, no one could have imagined the reach that one little girl would have. 50 million people of all ages have been delighted by two Broadway stints, five national US companies, two West End runs, two hit movies and dozens of international productions, and the show is still going strong.
Based on the "Little Orphan Annie" comic strip which debuted in 1924 and ran for over 80 years, Annie is set in Depression Era New York City at a time when the economy looked bleak, government seemed ineffective and the average citizen was desperate and frustrated. Sound familiar? With its hopeful message and unwavering belief in a better tomorrow, Annie became one of the biggest Broadway musical hits of the 1970s, running for almost six years and playing 2,377 performances. The musical won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, seven Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, and the Grammy for Best Cast Show Album.
In many ways, Annie is a modern-day Cinderella story. Cast aside by society, Annie remains ever positive, ever confident that she will find the home of her dreams. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, sass and sympathy, courage and compassion, she wins the hearts of those around her without ever losing sight of her humble beginnings and her simple aspiration to one day find a place for herself and her devoted dog Sandy in a loving family. Indeed, Annie has become an icon that transcends generations the very embodiment of the resolve and resilience needed to realize the American dream of a brighter future ahead.
- Event Category Indoor Fun, Musical Theater
- Event Cost Under $20
- Event Ages 6-9, 9-12, 12+