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Have you heard? Annie, the Tony Award-Winning Production is coming to Lansing, MI next week! This is a show I always wanted to see on TV as a child and never did (though I do know one of the popular songs from it, and have belted it out many a'time. The sun will come out tomorrow...bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there'll be sun.
Count your blessings you can't hear me singing because while I like to do it, those around me never seem to feel the same. ;)
Have you seen Annie? Would you love to see it live? If you're in the Lansing area, I urge you to pick up your tickets now. It could be a great way to relax with the family, which is always nice, but is especially so during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.
Part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway at Wharton
Date/Time: Tuesday, December 16 – Sunday, December 21, 2014
Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Friday at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Location: Cobb Great Hall
Tickets: $34.00 - $69.00 ● plus applicable fees
Ticket Office: whartoncenter.com
EAST LANSING, Mich. ― Wharton Center is proud to announce
that the new U.S. National Tour of ANNIE will play December 16 – 21, 2014, in the Cobb
Great Hall. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 19th time, this
production of ANNIE will be a brand new physical incarnation of the iconic Tony Award®-winning
original. Tickets to see ANNIE, part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway at Wharton
Center Series, are available at the official source to purchase Wharton Center tickets online,
, at the AutoOwners Insurance Ticket Office, or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.
ANNIE has a book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse
and lyrics by Martin Charnin. All three authors received 1977 Tony Awards® for
their work. Choreography is by Liza Gennaro, who will incorporate selections from her
father Peter Gennaro’s 1977 Tony Award®-winning choreography.
The original production of ANNIE opened April 21, 1977, at
the Alvin Theatre and went on to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best
Musical, seven Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the Grammy Award for Best Cast Show
Album and seven Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Best Book (Thomas Meehan)
and Best Score (Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin). The show remains one of the
biggest Broadway musical hits ever.
It ran for 2,377 performances after it first opened, has
been performed in 28 languages and has been running somewhere around the world for 37 years.
The beloved score for ANNIE includes “Maybe,” “It’s the Hard
Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need
Anything But You” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”
The celebrated design team includes scenic design by Tony
Award® winner Beowulf Boritt (Act One, The Scottsboro Boys, Rock of Ages), costume design by
Costume Designers Guild Award winner Suzy Benzinger (Blue Jasmine, Movin’ Out, Miss
Saigon), lighting design by Tony Award® winner Ken Billington (Chicago, Annie, White
Christmas) and sound design by Tony Award® nominee Peter Hylenksi (Rocky, Bullets Over Broadway,
Motown). The lovable mutt “Sandy” will once again be trained by Tony Award® honoree
William Berloni (Annie, A Christmas Story, Legally Blonde). Musical supervision and
additional orchestrations are by Keith Levenson (Annie, She Loves Me, Dreamgirls). Casting is
by Joy Dewing CSA and Holly Buczek CSA, Joy Dewing Casting (Soul Doctor, Wonderland,
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat). The tour is produced by Troika
This brand-new production features a 25-member company: in
the title role of Annie is Issie Swickle, a 9-year-old actress from Davie, FL, making her
tour debut. Gilgamesh Taggett will star as Oliver Warbucks. In the role of Miss Hannigan is
Lynn Andrews. Also starring in the tour are Ashley Edler as Grace, Garrett Deagon as Rooster,
Lucy Werner as Lily and Allan Ray Baker as FDR. Sunny, a 4-year-old rescue terrier mix,
stars as Sandy. The Orphans are Angelina Carballo, Adia Dant, LillyBea
Ireland, Sydney Shuck, Lilly Mae Stewart and Isabel Wallach.
ANNIE is generously sponsored by Capital Region Community
Foundation, The Centennial Group, Farm Bureau Insurance, Jackson National Life
Insurance Company and Physicians Health Plan.