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Annie The Musical

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by Carly Bass (subscribe)
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We all remember the hopeful and ever so loveable Little Orphan Annie right? Well this timeless tale is back and ready to take the stage again. Featuring all our favorite hits from the movie including It's the Hard-Knock Life, Easy Street, N.Y.C. and the ever-optimistic Tomorrow. The older generation saw it when it first hit the stage 30 years ago, they saw the movie and maybe even read the book by Thomas Meehan but Annie the Musical gives a whole new generation the chance to see this classic musical about hope, love and friendship.

"Sensational. The most entertaining show I have seen in Sydney for a long time. Great family entertainment" Stan Zemanek from Radio 2Gb

Based on the popular comic strip Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray, Annie - The Musical burst onto stage in 1977 when it first opened in Broadway. Since then it has played in over 22 countries worldwide including United Kingdom, Argentina, Japan, Germany, Swede, Spain and Australia. It then became a hit movie musical starring Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney and Carol Burnett which is what most people from the younger generation would remember. To be completely honest this was the first time I came across Annie and have since discovered where the story originated.

If you are one in a few who don't know the story of Annie view this short brief of the story.

"Annie is the out and out smash musical hit of this year! It deserves to run for 50 years!" WCBS-TV

The Broadway musical has an all star cast of Anthony Warlow, Nancye Hayes, Toss Mckenney, Chloe Dallimore and Julie Goodwin. Annie the musical will be showing for 12 weeks at the Lyric Theatre at Star City Casino from 5 January 2012. Tickets start at $99.90 for B Reserve Seating and can be purchased from ticketmaster.

"One of the most enchanting musicals I've ever seen"The Sunday Times

Here are some facts you may not have known about Annie:
Annie is the 14th most popular show in the history of Broadway
Tomorrow is sung every 20 minutes somewhere in the world
The Australian production is the 14th major production of Annie
The comic strip Little Orphan Annie still appears in 143 American papers every day
Tomorrow was the most performed song in the 70's and 80's.
The new rap version of Hard Knock Life performed by Jay Z won a 1999 Grammy Award
Some famous "Annies" you may know are:
Andrea McArdle (original Broadway production)
-Sarah Jessica Parker (third Broadway production)
-Alyssa Milano (Los Angeles production)
-Catherine Zeta Jones (London production)
-Debbie Gibson (New York production)
-Molly Ringwald (1st National Touring Company production).
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Why? Experience the best in theatre and music
When: Starting from 5 January 2012
Where: Lyric Theatre Star City Casino
Cost: Starting from $99.90
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