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Thursday, 24 May 2012 21:13

ANNIE Announces "Broadway in My Hometown" Contest for Productions of ANNIE Around the Country


Local productions of ANNIE can win the chance for a visit
from a creative team member from ANNIE on Broadway

ANNIE, the Tony Award-winning classic musical, returns to Broadway this fall, opening November 8 at the Palace Theatre (1567 Broadway at 47th Street).  But the new Broadway production is taking a moment to celebrate the hundreds of productions of ANNIE, happening in theatres around the country, through its “Broadway in My Hometown” contest on the show’s Facebook page,

{module ad_left_body} If you have been a part of a recent local production of ANNIE or ANNIE Jr. or are about to start a new production, you can nominate your show for a chance to win a visit from a creative team member of the new Broadway production.   A list of current and upcoming productions of ANNIE and ANNIE Jr. is available on the official website of Music Theatre International

To enter the contest, upload a photo from your production (your troupe’s logo, your production’s poster, a photo of your theatre – anything that represents your show); tell us in one sentence what made or is going to make your production shine like the top of the Chyrsler Building; and get your friends and fans to show their support by voting for your production of ANNIE.  Productions can be nominated up through May 31 at 11:59 PM.  Voting process will be from 9:00 AM on  June 1 through 11:59 PM, June 15.  The production with the most votes will win a special visit from the ANNIE on Broadway creative team, including a Q&A with your cast, crew and community.  Winners will be announced on Facebook on June 18.  

ANNIE features music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and book by Thomas Meehan, based on the newspaper character “Little Orphan Annie” by Harold Gray.   The new production of ANNIE is directed by three-time Tony Award®-winner James Lapine and choreographed by Tony Award®-winner Andy Blankenbuehler

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 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 was one of the biggest Broadway musical hits of the 1970s, running for almost six years and playing 2,377 performances. 

The 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 creative team includes scenic design by Drama Desk Award-winner David Korins, costume design by Tony Award-winner Susan Hilferty, lighting design by two-time Tony Award-winner Donald Holder and sound design by Tony Award-winner Brian Ronan.  Music director is Todd Ellison.  Hair and wig design is by Tom Watson.  Casting is by Telsey + Company.  Animal training is by Tony Award-winner William Berloni.   

ANNIE will be produced on Broadway by Arielle Tepper Madover, Roger Horchow, Sally Horchow, Roger Berlind, Roy Furman, Debbie Bisno, Stacey Mindich, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Jane Bergère/Daryl Roth and Eva Price/Christina Papagjika.

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