“THE SUN will come out tomorrow,” sings little orphan Annie in one of the most optimistic musicals ever written. Now the timeless tale of Annie, inspired by the famous 20s comic strip, “Little Orphan Annie”, is being revived by Phoenix Players at the ANU Arts Centre.Billed as “America’s most beloved musical”, it’s a Depression-era musical about never giving up hope. A rags-to-riches story, its shows young Annie’s journey from a New York orphanage to the luxurious home of billionaire businessman Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks (you can work out where he got his money from the name).
Favourite songs include “It’s the Hard-Knock Life”, “Easy Street”, “NYC.” and of course and the “Tomorrow.”
Daddy Warbucks is played by Don Bemrose, Indigenous opera star. Judy Satrapa plays the plum part of the avaricious Miss Hannigan and Miranda Cookman plays Warbucks’ secretary Grace Farrell.
With a cast of over 50, including 24 young orphans and one dog plus a 21 piece orchestra, it’s directed by Kelda McManus, with Rose Shorney as musical director and Annette Sharpe as choreographer.
‘Annie’ at ANU Arts Centre, October 4-19, bookings to 6257 1950 or canberrarep.org.au Tickets for Dinner & Show package (including a child’s menu option) at Teatro Vivaldi: ph 6257 2718.