Iconic musical gives birth to AnnieJr. at Arts Theatre this summer


Leapin’ Lizards!!! With a cast of 350 kids and eight Annies… musical Annie is back in the West End!

More than 2,900 children auditioned and now 350 young Londoners have won roles in a new version of the acclaimed Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Annie.

Eight lucky girls will star as orphan Annie, the plucky 11-year-old in 1930s America who dreams of escaping the clutches of the horrible child-hating orphanage matron, Miss Hannigan, and finding her real parents.

Annie’s life gets exciting the day billionaire businessman Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks opens his home to her and her dog, Sandy.

AnnieJr. is a special one-hour version adapted from the classic musical – winner of the Best Musical Tony when it premiered in 1977.

It includes unforgettable songs as It’s the Hard Knock Life, Easy Street, I Don’t Need Anything But You and Annie’s eternal anthem of optimism, Tomorrow.

With music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and a book by Thomas Meehan, AnnieJr will run for a four-week season at the Arts Theatre in the West End from July 29.

Producer/director Matthew Chandler, of P2P Productions, said: “This is a version of Annie specially adapted by the original American creative team to be performed by talented young people.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for all the youngsters involved – and features one of the greatest child roles ever written.

“The fact we are performing it in the West End is the icing on the cake for the youngsters involved. We have eight different teams of actors who will rotate through the week.

“We hope this will be a great experience for everyone taking part and we will go on to perform other big West End and Broadway musicals.

AnnieJr is the perfect family-friendly show and an ideal show for children to experience as their first musical live on stage.”

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