Annie

Definition

Theater

  • A musical with book by Thomas Meehan, lyrics by Martin Charnin,and music by Charles Strouse. Based on the popular US comic-stripcharacter Little Orphan Annie, it was first performed in 1977 at theAlvin Theatre, New York and won a Tony Award as the bestmusical. It opened a year later at London's Victoria Palace Theatre.

    Annie lives in a dismal orphanage run by the horrid Miss Hannigan.One Christmas the secretary of the millionaire Oliver Warbucks choosesher to be a guest at his mansion. The abrasive Warbucks is so delightedwith the girl that he takes her to the White house to meet PresidentRoosevelt, who immediately conceives his New Deal when Annie sings'Tomorrow'. Warbucks then offers $50,000 if Annie's real parents willcome forward. Miss Hannigan's brother Rooster and his girlfriend arrivewith forged papers. Their plot is foiled, however, when FDR producesan FBI report proving that Annie's parents are dead. 'daddy' Warbucksadopts Annie and sees that her orphan friends are liberated. Apartfrom 'Tomorrow', the songs include 'Something Was Missing', and 'You'reNever Fully Dressed Without a Smile'.

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