The new U.S. National Tour of Annie will play Seattle’s Paramount Theatre from September 20–26, 2015. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 19th time, this production of Annie is a brand new physical incarnation of the iconic Tony Award-winning original.
Annie has a book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin. All three authors received 1977 Tony Awards for their work. Choreography is by Liza Gennaro, who will incorporate selections from her father Peter Gennaro’s 1977 Tony Award-winning choreography.
The original production of Annie opened April 21, 1977 at the Alvin Theatre and went on to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, seven Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the Grammy for Best Cast Show Album and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book (Thomas Meehan) and Best Score (Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin). The show remains one of the biggest Broadway musical hits ever. It ran for 2,377 performances after it first opened, and has been performed in 28 languages and has been running somewhere around the world for 37 years.
The beloved score for Annie includes “Maybe,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”
The celebrated design team includes scenic design by Tony Award winner Beowulf Boritt (Act One, The Scottsboro Boys, Rock of Ages), costume design by Costume Designer’s Guild Award winner Suzy Benzinger (Blue Jasmine, Movin’ Out, Miss Saigon), lighting design by Tony Award winner Ken Billington (Chicago, Annie, White Christmas) and sound design by Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski (Rocky, Bullets Over Broadway, Motown).
The lovable mutt “Sandy” is once again trained by Tony Award honoree William Berloni (Annie, A Christmas Story, Legally Blonde). Musical supervision and additional orchestrations are by Keith Levenson (Annie, She Loves Me, Dreamgirls). Casting is by Joy Dewing CSA and Holly Buczek CSA, Joy Dewing Casting (Soul Doctor, Wonderland, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat). The tour is produced by TROIKA Entertainment, LLC.
This brand new production features a 25 member company: in the title role of Annie is Issie Swickle, a 10-year-old actress from Davie, Florida, making her tour debut. Gilgamesh Taggett will star as Oliver Warbucks. In the role of Miss Hannigan is Lynn Andrews. Also starring in the tour are Ashley Edler as Grace, Garrett Deagon as Rooster, Lucy Werner as Lily and Jeffrey B. Duncan as FDR. Sunny, a five-year-old rescue terrier mix, stars as Sandy.
Annie will be at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre for eight performances:
Sunday, September 20 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – An Open Caption performance
Tuesday, September 22 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 23 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 24 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 25 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 26 2:00 p.m. – An ASL / AVIA Interpreted performance and 8:00 p.m.
*For tickets to the ASL- Open Caption performances, call the TTY line at 888-331-6774.
Tickets for Annie start at $25 and will be available on-line at stgpresents.org and tickets.com,by calling 877-STG-4TIX (784-4849), at select Ticketmaster locations and in person at The Paramount Theatre Box Office (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
Annie is part of the 2015/2016 KeyBank Broadway at The Paramount series, presented by Seattle Theatre Group, with support for the sixth year from KeyBank as the series title sponsor. Brotherton Cadillac is the official auto sponsor, The Roosevelt Hotel is the official sponsor hotel and Alaska Airlines is the official sponsor airline of KeyBank Broadway at The Paramount.
For tickets and information, visit anniethemusical.com.