The sun will come out -- tomorrow. But the forecast looks cloudy for the Broadway revival of “Annie” in the not-too-distant future.
The current version of the beloved musical, which opened in November at the Palace Theatre, will close in January, producers announced on Thursday. It has played 487 performances and 38 previews.
The production, directed by Tony-winner James Lapine, was nominated for a Tony for best musical revival this year. But it has received tepid reviews and ticket sales have been on the decline recently. The show grossed just $720,823 last week, about half its potential revenue.
Based on Harold Gray’s comic strip “Little Orphan Annie,” which started in 1924, the musical "Annie" debuted on Broadway in 1977 and ran for almost six years. The music is by Charles Strouse, with lyrics by Martin Charnin and a book by Thomas Meehan. Dorothy Loudon won a Tony award for her performance as Miss Hannigan and Andrea McArdle was the original Annie.