By Jody Robinson
Photography by Joan Marcus
It’s an iconic story so charming that it appeals to all ages and makes for an amazing multi-generational family experience. In our household, ANNIE lives on my iPod, is a popular Netflix selection and is a constant Pandora request by my seven-year-old daughter who belts “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow” like nobody’s business.
Based on Harold Gray’s Little Orphan Annie, ANNIE wasn’t allowed to remain constrained to the pages of a comic book strip for very long. She was brought onto Broadway (the original production opened in 1977 and ran for nearly six years and spawned numerous national tours and international productions) and the small and silver screens.
This month, the Tony Award®-winning production of Annie returns to Orange County when ANNIE the Musical comes to Segerstrom Center for the Arts May 13-24. I couldn’t be more excited about the timing as my kids – at ages seven and eight are already serious ANNIE-groupies.
Audiences will root for Annie when they experience the magic of the beloved Depression-era tale on stage.
Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Lisa Gennaro, the Segerstrom production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original.
Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street” and “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism “Tomorrow.”
Single tickets to ANNIE start at $29 and are now available online at scfta.org, the box office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for ten or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. The TTY number is (714) 556-2746.
Orange County’s Premier Performance Venue
The Center presents a broad range of programming each season for audiences of all ages, including international ballet and dance, national tours of top Broadway shows, intimate performances of jazz and cabaret, contemporary artists, classical music performed by renowned chamber orchestras and ensembles, family-friendly programming, free performances open to the public from outdoor movie screenings to dancing on the plaza and many other special events. Visit scfta.org to find out more.