September 18, 1997 |
Two years ago, Andrea McArdle recorded an album composed, mostly, of songs she'd sung in various stage productions--including revivals of "Meet Me in St. Louis," "Peter Pan" and "Carousel." And, inevitably, there was "Tomorrow," which McArdle introduced in the original Broadway run of "Annie," just over 20 years ago." Two songs were new to her repertoire: "Easy to Be Hard" from "Hair," and "As Long as He Needs Me," the big ballad from Lionel Bart's "Oliver!"
September 13, 1989 |
A parade of little girls has been streaming to the Golden Theater in New York this week, all hoping to be Broadway's new Annie in "Annie 2: Miss Hannigan's Revenge," the new musical about the world's most famous orphan. Annie must be between 3-feet-10 and 4-feet-4, sing loudly and clearly, be able to act and tap dance, look 10 or 11 years old and, of course, not be afraid of dogs. The $7-million musical is to open March 1 on Broadway.
September 6, 2013 |
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.
June 10, 1997 |
Reid Shelton, who originated the role of Daddy Warbucks in the Broadway production of "Annie,' has died of a stroke at 72. Shelton, who died at a hospital on Sunday, first played the tycoon when "Annie" premiered in 1976 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. In that production, the capitalist character had hair. But Shelton shaved his head for the New York production in 1977, establishing a standard for actors who followed him in the role.
September 29, 1995 |
I never thought I would love "State Fair" but now I do. This 1945 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, written for the movies, raises the burning question: Can two nice youngsters from a farm find true love at the Iowa State Fair, amid the excitement of tractor pulls and hog contests? Believe it or not, when you see Andrea McArdle fall for Scott Wise, you will actually care about the answer.
September 23, 1997 |
What show is it? It opens with a bunch of singing, smudged-cheeked orphans in a workhouse who have a rough life. It stars Andrea McArdle. No, it's not "Annie"; it's "Oliver!" and it's playing at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. McArdle is a young lady now, and she plays Nancy, the martyred protectress of young Oliver in the musical Lionel Bart fashioned from "Oliver Twist," the mother of all orphan stories. With such feisty songs as "Consider Yourself" and "It's a Fine Life," "Oliver!"