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Published on Apr 5, 2011

Annie is a Broadway musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and the book by Thomas Meehan. The original Broadway production opened in 1977 and ran for nearly six years, setting a record for the Alvin Theatre (now the Neil Simon Theatre).[1] It spawned numerous productions in many countries, as well as national tours, and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The musical's songs "Tomorrow" and "It's the Hard-Knock Life" are among its most popular musical numbers.
The original Broadway production opened at the Alvin Theatre on April 21, 1977 and starred Andrea McArdle as Annie, Reid Shelton as Daddy Warbucks, Dorothy Loudon as Miss Hannigan, and Sandy Faison as Grace Farrell. Danielle Brisebois was one of the orphans. It was nominated for 11 Tony Awards and won 7, including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book. Replacements in the title role on Broadway included then-child actors Shelly Bruce, Sarah Jessica Parker, Allison Smith and Alyson Kirk. Replacements in the role of Miss Hannigan included Alice Ghostly, Dolores Wilson, Betty Hutton, Marcia Lewis, and June Havoc.

The show closed on January 2, 1983 and ran for a total of 2,377 performances, setting a record for the longest running show at the Alvin Theatre (now the Neil Simon Theatre), until it was surpassed by Hairspray in 2009
1977 Tony Awards * Best Musical (WINNER) * Best Leading Actor in a Musical - Reid Shelton (nomination) * Best Leading Actress in a Musical - Andrea McArdle (nomination) * Best Leading Actress in a Musical - Dorothy Loudon (WINNER) * Best Direction of a Musical - Martin Charnin (nomination) * Best Choreography - Peter Gennaro (WINNER) * Best Book of a Musical - Thomas Meehan (WINNER) * Best Original Score - Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin (WINNER) * Best Scenic Design - David Mitchell (WINNER) * Best Costume Design - Theoni V. Aldredge (WINNER) tying with The Cherry Orchard

1997 Tony Award * Best Revival of a Musical (nomination)

1999 Olivier Awards * Best Theatre Choreography (nomination) * Best Supporting Actor in a Musical - Andrew Kennedy (nomination)


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