Palace Theatre, (11/08/2012 - 1/05/2014)

First Preview: Oct 03, 2012
Opening Date: Nov 08, 2012
Closing Date: Jan 05, 2014
Total Previews: 38
Total Performances: 487

Category: Musical, Comedy, Revival, Broadway
Setting: New York City, December 1933.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Stewart F. Lane, James M. Nederlander and James L. Nederlander

Produced by Arielle Tepper Madover, Roger Horchow, Sally Horchow, Roger Berlind, Roy Furman, Debbie Bisno, Stacey Mindich, James M. Nederlander, Jane Bergère/Daryl Roth and Eva Price/Christina Papagjika; "Annie" and "Little Orphan Annie" used by permission of Tribune Media Services

Book by Thomas Meehan; Music by Charles Strouse; Lyrics by Martin Charnin; Music orchestrated by Michael Starobin; Additional Orchestrations by Doug Besterman and Alex Lacamoire; Vocal arrangements by Todd Ellison; Dance arrangements by Alex Lacamoire; Musical Director: Todd Ellison; Based on the comic strip "Little Orphan Annie" by Harold Gray

Directed by James Lapine; Choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler; Associate Director: Mark Schneider; Associate Choreographer: Rachel Bress

Scenic Design by David Korins; Costume Design by Susan Hilferty; Lighting Design by Donald Holder; Sound Design by Brian Ronan; Hair Design by Tom Watson; Make-Up Design by Ashley Ryan; Projection Design by Wendall K. Harrington; Associate Scenic Design: Rod Lemmond; Associate Costume Design: Tricia Barsamian; Associate Lighting Design: Michael P. Jones; Associate Sound Design: Cody Spencer; Associate Projection Design: Daniel Brodie and Michael Clark

Executive Producer: 101 Productions, Ltd.; Company Manager: Heidi Neven; Associate Co. Mgr: Roseanna M. Sharrow

Production Manager: David Benken; Production Supervisor: Peter Lawrence; Stage Manager: Rachel Wolff

Musical Coordinator: Patrick Vaccariello; Conducted by Todd Ellison; Associate Conductor: Joey Chancey; Reed 1: Steve Kenyon; Reed 2: David Young; Reed 3: Dave Noland; Reed 4: Ronald Jannelli; Lead Trumpet: Trevor Neumann; Trumpets: Scott Wendholt and Earl Gardner; Trombone: Mark Patterson; Bass Trombone: Jeff Nelson; Guitar/Banjo: Scott Kuney; Bass: Dave Kuhn; Drums: Eric Poland; Percussion: Joe Nero; Piano/Keyboard: Joey Chancey; Keyboard 2/Accordion: Maggie Torre; Violin: Sean Carney; Cello: Diane Barere

Casting: Telsey + Company and Patrick Goodwin, C.S.A.; Fight direction by Rick Sordelet; Animal Trainer: William Berloni; Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; Advertising: Serino Coyne; Marketing: bdb marketing; Wesbite Design: Situation Interactive; Sponsorship: Rose Polidoro; Photographer: Joan Marcus

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Opening Night Cast

Lilla CrawfordAnnie
(Oct 03, 2012 - Jul 28, 2013)
Katie FinneranMiss Hannigan
(Oct 03, 2012 - May 12, 2013)
Anthony Warlow
Broadway debut
Oliver Warbucks
"Daddy" Warbucks
(Oct 03, 2012 - Dec 08, 2013)
J. Elaine MarcosLily St. Regis
(Oct 03, 2012 - Sep 29, 2013)
Brynn O'MalleyGrace Farrell
(Oct 03, 2012 - Aug 18, 2013)
Clarke ThorellRooster Hannigan
Ashley BlanchetStar to Be
Ronnie Boylan
Jane BlassApple Seller
Mrs. Greer
CaseyStray Dog
Jeremy DavisBundles
Bert Healy
Madi Rae DiPietroJuly
(Oct 03, 2012 - Jul 28, 2013)
Merwin FoardF.D.R.
Joel HatchDrake
Fred McCracken
Georgi JamesPepper
(Oct 03, 2012 - Jul 28, 2013)
Junah JangTessie
(Oct 03, 2012 - Jul 28, 2013)
Amanda Lea LaVergneConnie Boylan
Sophie, the Kettle
Gavin LodgeDog Catcher
Judge Brandeis
Liz McCartneyMrs. Pugh
MikeyStray Dog
Tyrah Skye OdomsKate
Keven QuillonSound Effects Man
Taylor RichardsonDuffy
Emily RosenfeldMolly
Sarah SolieAnnette
Bonnie Boylan
Dennis StoweLt. Ward
Jimmy Johnson
Ryan VanDenBoomAsst. Dog Catcher

Swings: Fred Inkley, Desi Oakley and David Rossetti

Standby: Sadie Sink (Annie, Duffy, July, Kate, Tessie) and Jaidyn Young (Annie, Duffy, July, Pepper, Tessie)

Understudies: Ashley Blanchet (Lily St. Regis), Jane Blass (Miss Hannigan), Casey (Sandy), Jeremy Davis (Rooster Hannigan), Madi Rae DiPietro (Kate), Merwin Foard (Oliver Warbucks), Joel Hatch (Oliver Warbucks), Junah Jang (Molly), Amanda Lea LaVergne (Grace Farrell), Liz McCartney (Miss Hannigan), Mikey (Sandy), Desi Oakley (Grace Farrell, Lily St. Regis), Tyrah Skye Odoms (Molly), Taylor Richardson (Annie), David Rossetti (Rooster Hannigan) and Jaidyn Young (Annie)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2013 Best Revival of a Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Arielle Tepper Madover, Roger Horchow, Sally Horchow, Roger Berlind, Roy Furman, Debbie Bisno, Stacey Mindich, James M. Nederlander, Jane Bergère/Daryl Roth and Eva Price/Christina Papagjika

Drama Desk Award

 2013 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Anthony Warlow


music by Charles Strouse; lyrics by Martin Charnin

ACT 1 Sung By
It's the Hard-Knock LifeAnnie and Orphans
It's the Hard-Knock Life (Reprise) Orphans
We'd Like to Thank YouAnnie and Ensemble
Little GirlsMiss Hannigan
Little Girls (Reprise) Miss Hannigan
I Think I'm Gonna Like It HereAnnie, Grace and Ensemble
N.Y.C.Oliver Warbucks, Grace, Annie, Lily and Ensemble
Easy StreetMiss Hannigan, Rooster and Lily
You Won't Be an Orphan for LongOliver Warbucks, Grace, Annie and Ensemble
ACT 2 Sung By
Maybe (Reprise) Annie
You're Never Fully Dressed Without a SmileBert Healy and The Boylan Sisters
You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile (Reprise) Orphans
Easy Street (Reprise) Miss Hannigan, Rooster and Lily
Cabinet TomorrowAnnie, Oliver Warbucks and Ensemble
Cabinet EndEnsemble
Something Was MissingOliver Warbucks
AnnieGrace, Drake and Ensemble
I Don't Need Anything But YouAnnie, Oliver Warbucks, Grace and Ensemble
Maybe (Reprise) Annie
New Deal for ChristmasAnnie, Oliver Warbucks, Grace, Orphans and Ensemble


AP: "'Annie' revival has a fine Warbucks, overcooked Hannigan and doesn't make lizards leap"

It is an odd thing indeed to watch Sandy get a huge ovation from New Yorkers.

But in a quirk of timing, the storm that has caused so much misery across the city also shares its name with a hairy mutt who stars in a new Broadway revival of “Annie.”

Thankfully, theatergoers are a forgiving sort and the Sandy who bounds about onstage at the Palace Theatre produces mostly appreciative coos — one of the highlights of a somewhat uneven revival that opened Thursday.

The slow-to-start musical features an appealing 11-year-old Lilla Crawford in the title role, an overcooked Katie Finneran as Miss Hannigan and a first-rate Anthony Warlow as Daddy Warbucks.

James Lapine grounds the most rejiggered show in history — a Great Depression, homelessness on the Lower East Side, soup kitchens and hungry orphans — that may seem virtually documentary these days.

Finneran and Warlow seem to be in different shows. If you missed her in her Tony Award-winning turn as a daffy, drunken floozy in “Promises, Promises,” she reprises it here. In fact, she does very little new, right down to her stretching out words by plunging her voice deep at the end of thoughts and stretching her body onto every piece of furniture. A gifted comedic actress, she is on autopilot here.

If Finneran is big and brassy and broad, Warlow is the opposite. This Australian actor brings gravitas and a sumptuous voice to Warbucks. His is a performance of subtlety, of small eyebrow movements — the only thing blustery is his Noo Yawk accent, nailed. Perhaps the reason the first half drags is he’s not in it much.

The music by Charles Strouse with lyrics by Martin Charnin contains gems like “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” and “Tomorrow,” reminding everyone why even Jay-Z came calling to lift something from “It’s the Hard Knock Life.” Thomas Meehan’s sugary story stands the test of time, even if it sags in spots.

In addition to Sandy — actually played by a terrier mix called Sunny in most shows — “Annie” gets a huge lift from David Korins’ smart, industrious sets, in which the walls of houses move like pages in a book, spiral staircases soar upward, a limo accordians out from a smaller car delightfully, and the grimness of poverty is made stark by a black-and-white Brooklyn Bridge and a homeless camp.

Andy Blankenbuehler’s choreography is solid and seamless without being particularly memorable. He’s most effective with the orphans and servants at Warbucks’ home. He’s also choreographed what is basically a gauntlet of beggers as Warbucks and Annie go to the movies singing “N.Y.C.”

While Crawford is excellent, as is usually the case with “Annie,” a younger orphan often steals your heart. In this show, that would be Emily Rosenfeld as Molly, who is cuter than a dump truck of plush teddy bears.

If gritty, tap-dancing orphans running from police and tweaking the highest of authority figures in a grim lower Manhattan sounds familiar, you’re not wrong. The pretty great “Newsies” has all that, too.

But “Annie” has something that all New Yorkers can hum after Superstorm Sandy: “The sun’ll come out tomorrow/bet your bottom dollar/that tomorrow there’ll be sun!”


New York Daily News: "'Annie' on Broadway"

New York can always use a dose of optimism. Considering current events, that goes double now.

In that sense, the enjoyable new production of “Annie” at the Palace Theatre arrives on cue.

Since 1977, when the show won seven Tonys, this well-built, feel-good family musical has trumpeted the power of resilience.

Stuck in “a day that’s gray and lonely? The sun’ll come out tomorrow.”

Drawn from Harold Gray’s beloved comic strip, the show, which has been made into big- and small-screen movies, is a classic rags-to-riches story.

It follows Annie from a Depression-era orphanage to life with billionaire businessman (and big softy at heart) Daddy Warbucks. Along the way, she inspires FDR’s “New Deal for Christmas” for down-and-out Americans. Go, Annie!

Eleven-year-old Lilla Crawford makes a feisty Annie and earns points for speaking and singing with a New Yawk accent. In her big solo “Tomorrow,” she channels Ethel Merman and shows off a belt as big and wide as a city bridge.

Veteran Broadway director James Lapine darkens a few moments to convey the gravity of hard times in Hooverville, but otherwise delivers a standard production.

He lets the book and songs speak for themselves and relies on choreography — sometimes a little too flashy — by Andy Blankenbuehler to keep the musical in motion.

If this take seldom crosses the line into something must-see special (it doesn’t), even a simply good production of “Annie” offers rewards.

Thomas Meehan’s book is funny and touching. Songs by Charles Strouse (music) and Martin Charnin (lyrics) offer nearly wall-to-wall ear-ticklers. “Easy Street” and the chipper “I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here” will have you humming. “You’ve Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” sparkles with enough wit to make you grin.

As Annie’s nemesis, the boozy orphanage director Miss Hannigan, Katie Finneran slurs and slumps, as she did in her Tony-winning turn in “Promises, Promises.” Effortlessly hilarious there, she works very hard as Hannigan. It shows and the role shrinks as a result.

Australian theater star Anthony Warlow brings easygoing sweetness to his acting and singing as a moneybags who learns there’s more to life than cold cash.

Lending solid support are Clarke Thorell and J. Elaine Marcos as the ruthless Rooster and Lily. In the talented bunch of orphan girls, Emily Rosenfeld plays the tiniest tot and steals scenes with outsize bravado. She’s like Honey Boo Boo — but with talent. Sunny, the dog, is adorable as Annie’s four-legged best pal.

David Korins’ fine scenic design takes the story from rundown tenement and mean streets to glamorous uptown mansion. In other words, from today to tomorrow.

New York Daily News

Replacement/Transfer Info

The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.

Palace Theatre

(11/8/2012 - 1/5/2014)
Associate Director: Wes Grantom.

Assistant Stage Mgr: Derric Nolte(Nov 19, 2013 - Jan 5, 2014); Stage Manager: Scott Rowen(Nov 19, 2013 - Jan 5, 2014); Assistant Stage Mgr: Scott Rowen(Nov 5, 2013 - Nov 17, 2013).

Reed 1: Dave Noland; Reed 3: Kenneth Dybisz; Violin: Justin Smith.


Jenni Barber
Grace Farrell (Aug 20, 2013 - Nov 3, 2013)
Gaby Bradbury
Pepper (Jul 30, 2013 - ?)
Amaya Braganza
July (Jul 30, 2013 - ?)
Mary Callanan
Mrs. Pugh
Tessa Grady
Ronnie Boylan
Star to Be
Justin Greer
Jimmy Johnson
Lt. Ward
Gavin Lodge
Dog Catcher
Judge Brandeis
Jane Lynch
Broadway debut
Miss Hannigan (May 14, 2013 - Jul 14, 2013)
Shina Ann Morris
Connie Boylan
Sophie, the Kettle
Star to Be
Tyrah Skye Odoms
Tessie (Jul 30, 2013 - ?)
Brynn O'Malley
Grace Farrell (Nov 5, 2013 - Jan 5, 2014)
Justin Patterson
F.D.R. (Oct 2013 - ?)
Faith Prince
Miss Hannigan (Jul 19, 2013 - Jan 5, 2014)
Ron Raines
Oliver Warbucks
"Daddy" Warbucks
(Dec 10, 2013 - Jan 5, 2014)
Taylor Richardson
Annie Alternate
(Jul 30, 2013 - ?)
Duffy Alternate
(Jul 30, 2013 - ?)
Brooklyn Shuck
Kate (Jul 30, 2013 - ?)
Sadie Sink
Annie Alternate
(Jul 30, 2013 - ?)
Duffy Alternate
(Jul 30, 2013 - ?)
Sam Strasfeld
Sound Effects Man
Matt Wall
Dog Catcher
Judge Brandeis
Jimmy Johnson
Lt. Ward
Kirsten Wyatt
Lily St. Regis (Oct 1, 2013 - Jan 5, 2014)

Standbys: Skye Alyssa Friedman (Annie, Duffy, July, Pepper, Tessie), Brooklyn Shuck (Duffy, July, Kate, Molly, Tessie), Sadie Sink (Pepper).

Understudies: Gaby Bradbury (Annie), Mary Callanan (Miss Hannigan), Tessa Grady (Lily St. Regis), Danette Holden (Miss Hannigan), Alexandra Matteo (Grace Farrell, Lily St. Regis), Tyrah Skye Odoms (Kate), Justin Patterson (Oliver Warbucks), Brooklyn Shuck (Molly), Sadie Sink (Annie).

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