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Warlow Extends for ANNIE as Two New Annie's Share the Role

TAYLOR RICHARDSON AND SADIE SINK
TO SHARE THE TITLE ROLE IN
ANNIE ON BROADWAY, STARTING JULY 30

ANTHONY WARLOW EXTENDS HIS CONTRACT

NEW CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE ORPHANS

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Taylor Richardson and Sadie Sink will share the title role of ANNIE on Broadway, beginning performances on Tuesday, July 30.   Lilla Crawford will play her final performance as Annie on Sunday, July 28 at the Palace Theatre (Broadway at 47th Street).

Australian star Anthony Warlow (Oliver Warbucks) has also extended his contract with the production through December 8.  

“As we were preparing to cast the next Annie, I realized we had two wonderful candidates already in the orphanage. Both Taylor and Sadie are such unique young actresses, that I decided to let them share the role,” commented director James Lapine.  “Also, I am thrilled to have the great Anthony Warlow remain as our Warbucks into December. He is one of the finest actors I have had the pleasure to work with.”

The schedule of performances for Richardson and Sink as Annie will be announced in coming weeks.   Each girl will also play the orphan role of Duffy, when not on as Annie.

Taylor Richardson, 11, is originally from Richmond, Virginia.  She originated the role of Duffy in the current production of ANNIE, and has also been the understudy for the title role of Annie.  Her regional credits include Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Susan Waverly) and Honk!

Sadie Sink, 11, is originally from Brenham, Texas.  Her regional credits include Annie (Annie), White Christmas (Susan Waverly).  Her other favorites roles include Miracle Worker (Helen Keller), Parenthesis (Casey) and The Secret Garden (Mary Lennox).

In other casting news, ANNIE welcomes Gaby Bradbury (Pepper), Amaya Braganza (July) and Skye Alyssa Friedman (standby for the roles of Duffy, Pepper, July and Tessie) to the cast, beginning July 30.    Current cast members Georgi James (Pepper), Madi Rae DiPietro (July), Junah Jang (Tessie) and Jaidyn Young (standby for Annie, Pepper, Duffy and July), will play their final performances on July 28.   Also as of July 30, Tyrah Skye Odoms, currently playing the role of Kate, will play the role of Tessie.  Brooklyn Shuck, currently a standby for the roles of Molly, Kate, Duffy, July and Tessie, will play the role of Kate.  Emily Rosenfeld continues in the role of Molly.  

Gaby Bradbury (Pepper) is originally from Philadelphia and is thrilled to be making her Broadway debut!  Regional: Inherit the WindUnder the WhalebackThe Music ManOliver!GypsyA Christmas Carol, the world premiere of Macy’s Yes, Virginia: The MusicalCharlotte’s WebBabes in ArmsHonk.  She participated in an educational video at CHOP’s Center for Autism Research. Special thanks to God, Annie team, Telsey, Stagedoor, Broadway Dreams Foundation, The Kimmel Center, Shelli-RKS, Barry Kolker, Bob Marks, school, family and friends.

Amaya Braganza (July) Dreams come true as Amaya, 10, debuts on Broadway!  Youth theater roles:  Aladdin, Annie, Wicked and The Sound of Music.  Amaya thanks her parents, sisters Anika, Adriana, Alyssa, and Center Stage Studio friends in Orange County, CA.  Deepest gratitude: Tracey Abbott, Lexi McCarthy, Tesley and Company, the Annie creative team.

Skye Alyssa Friedman (Standby for Duffy, Pepper, July, Tessie) is elated to make her Broadway debut in Annie at 11! Regional: The Sound of Music (Gretl), The Music Man (Gracie, Amaryllis U/S), Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Choir). Other favorites: Little Mermaid (Ariel), Annie (Tessie), The Nutcracker (toy soldier/child).   Much gratitude and love: Mom & Dad, family, friends. Special thanks: Nancy Carson, James Lapine, Telsey & Company, creative team, wonderful team of teachers and coaches in Jupiter, Florida. “Smile darn ya, smile!”

ANNIE features a book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin, with all three authors receiving 1977 Tony Awards® for their work.  ANNIE is directed by Pulitzer Prize and three-time Tony Award®-winner James Lapine and choreographed by Tony Award®-winner Andy Blankenbuehler.   The production is playing at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway, between 46th and 47th Streets).   

As previously announced, Tony Award®-winner Faith Prince joins ANNIE as Miss Hannigan on Friday, July 19.

ANNIE currently stars Jane Lynch as Miss Hannigan, Anthony Warlow as Daddy Warbucks and Lilla Crawford as Annie, with Brynn O’Malley as Grace Farrell, Clarke Thorell as Rooster Hannigan, and J. Elaine Marcos as Lily St. Regis.  The Orphans are Madi Rae DiPietro as July, Georgi James as Pepper, Junah Jang as Tessie, Tyrah Skye Odoms as Kate, Taylor Richardson as Duffy, Emily Rosenfeld as Molly, Brooklyn Shuck as standby for Molly, Kate, Tessie, July, Duffy, Sadie Sink as standby for Annie, Tessie, Duffy, July & Kate and Jaidyn Young as standby for the roles of Annie, Pepper, Duffy and July.  The production also features Ashley Blanchet, Jane Blass, Mary Callanan, Jeremy Davis, Fred Inkley, Merwin Foard, Joel Hatch, Danette Holden, Amanda Lea LaVergne, Desi Oakley, Keven Quillon, David Rossetti, Sarah Solie, Dennis Stowe, Ryan VanDenBoom and Matt Wall.

Anthony Warlow is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association.  The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance with this production.

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 includesscenic design byDrama Desk Award-winner David Korins, costume design byTony Award-winner Susan Hilferty, lighting design by two-time Tony Award-winner Donald Holder and sound design by Tony Award-winner Brian Ronan.  Projection design is by Wendall K. Harrington.  Music director is Todd Ellison.  Orchestrations are by Michael Starobin.  Dance music arrangements are by Alex Lacamoire.  Musical coordinator is Patrick Vaccariello.  Hair and wig design is by Tom Watson.  Casting is by Telsey + Company.  Animal training is by William Berloni.   

In a dual effort to promote dog adoption and provide shelters with resources, PEDIGREE® Food for Dogs and ANNIE have teamed up to help raise $1 million to help dogs find loving homes. For each ANNIE ticket sold through December 31, 2013, PEDIGREE will donate $2, up to $1 million, to PEDIGREE Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping dogs find loving homes. In addition, co-branded merchandise will be available at the theatre and online with 100 percent of the proceeds going to PEDIGREE Foundation. For more information on The PEDIGREE® Adoption Drive and other brand initiatives, visitwww.pedigree.com or www.facebook.com/pedigree.

The New 2012 Broadway Cast Recording for ANNIE is produced by 12-time Grammy Award winner Thomas Z. Shepard, Douglas Dennoff and Dennis J. Grimaldi for Shout! Broadway, and is available in stores, at the Palace Theatre and for digital download atiTunes, Amazon.com, and other digital websites. 

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

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for ANNIE are available through www.ticketmaster.com, by calling 877-250-2929 , or in person at the Palace Theatre box office (1564 Broadway between 46th and 47th Streets).  Premium seating is available.

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