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NBC presents Annie, the most recent live musical to be featured on television.
The musical adaptation of Harold Gray’s comic strip, “Little Orphan Annie,” tells the story of a girl who is determined to find her parents after they leave her in an orphanage. It’s a fun, uplifting, and touching story. It’s also a great choice for children because it is filled with catchy and lyrical songs.
In this musical, six orphans (Molly, Pepper, Kate, Duffy, Tessie, and July) play a large part in the show’s plot. Each of them is a character that can stand up to bullies and has a strong sense of justice.
Miss Hannigan is an evil woman who runs the orphanage where Annie lives, and she hates all of the girls under her care. However, she loves Warbucks, the billionaire who takes her in. In addition to her love for Warbucks, she is very jealous of him and wants him to take over the orphanage.
The characters in the musical are extremely diverse and bring something unique to the story. Many different types of people and personalities come together to make the story interesting.
There are a variety of different songs in the musical, including “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” and “Tomorrow.” The lyrics to these songs were written by Martin Charnin, who was inspired to create the musical after reading a comic strip called “Little Orphan Annie.”
It was created in 1977 and has since won several awards, including seven Tony Awards, making it one of the most successful musicals ever. The score includes songs by Charnin and Strouse, as well as others by other composers.
This show has been performed on Broadway for more than four decades and is a popular choice for families and theater-goers alike. The original cast of this musical included Carol Burnett, Sally Struthers, Kathie Lee Gifford, Andrea McArdle, John Schuck, Harve Presnell, and Gary Beach.
Despite her difficulties, she eventually manages to escape the orphanage and find her parents. Along the way, she meets several different people and befriends them.
What’s interesting about the music in this musical is that it contains a number of songs about love, friendship, and loyalty. There are also songs about being a good girl and being honest with others.
Another song that’s important to the musical is “It’s the Hard Knock Job,” which describes a newcomer’s challenges. It is a song that shows the importance of perseverance and not giving up when things don’t seem to go your way.
Other important songs in this musical include “Easy Street,” “Tomorrow,” and “Easy Living.” These songs are great for children because they teach them that there is always hope for the future. They are also a great way to teach them about being positive and loving the people around them.
The characters in Annie’s music play are the orphans from Miss Hannigan’s infamous orphanage. While the exact order of their ages may vary, the youngest orphan is always Molly (or July), followed by Pepper, Tessie, Kate, and Duffy.
The original Broadway production starred Andrea McArdle as the title character and Reid Shelton as Mr. Warbucks. Also appearing on stage were Sandy Faison as Grace Farrell, Robert Fitch as Rooster Hannigan, and Diana Barrows as Tessie.
Kristen Vigard was originally cast as the red-haired orphan, but her genuinely sweet interpretation of Annie was not enough for producers. So she was replaced by McArdle, who had been playing another orphan, Pepper.
In the 1997 Broadway revival, Miss Hannigan got her solo song, “You Make Me Happy,” which she sang at the end of Act One when she informed Grace that she would leave the orphanage for Oliver Warbucks’s attention and money.
Characters of the musical play
Miss Hannigan / Evil Orphanage Lady
She is the evil headmistress of the orphanage where Annie lives. She drinks, mistreats the girls under her care, and talks about how she hates little girls. She later hatches a crooked get-rich-quick scheme with her brother, Rooster, and his girlfriend, Lily.
In the original script, Miss Hannigan spanks Annie with a paddle when she catches her trying to run away from the orphanage. This scene was cut in later productions.
In the comic version of the story, Hannigan has a stern personality and is often unfriendly toward orphans. The stage version has a more gentle side to her, though she does despise her staff.
The telecast has a scene where Miss Hannigan promotes herself and Warbucks to a radio show, and a line is spoofing the song “Maybe.” This is a great role for an understudy or a young child who can be flexible about her accent.
The 2021 telecast mixes Bert Healy and Fred, the ventriloquist; Wacky the puppet joins the ensemble during the number “Never Fully Dressed.” This is a good spot for someone who can sing and act well.
The orphans are glamorous and can be split into singing solos, but you can cast multiple girls for this role. They are a perfect place for kids to start as a non-speaking part and a good way to get them used to perform onstage.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
As a kid, Annie looked up to FDR and was inspired by his optimism. She eventually tries to convince Warbucks that he needs to help him find her parents. This is a good spot for a child with a good singing voice who can act well.
When Warbucks is searching for Annie’s parents, he is helped by Louis Howe. This is a great role for a child who can act well and sing confidently, but it is also a good spot to double-cast as other characters.