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Photographed the dress rehearsal of Annie the musical, for Levenshulme High School performed at the Zion Centre in Hulme. And as I have come to expect form the great drama department at the school, the show was a work of genius.

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© Mark Waugh Education Photography in Manchester

About the broadway show:

Annie is a Broadway musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and the book by Thomas Meehan. The original Broadway production opened in 1977 and ran for nearly six years, setting a record for the Alvin Theatre (now the Neil Simon Theatre). It spawned numerous productions in many countries, as well as national tours, and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The musical’s songs “Tomorrow” and “Hard-Knock Life” are among its most popular musical numbers.

Annie had its world premiere on August 10, 1976 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut. Kristen Vigard was the first actress to play the title role. However, the producers soon decided that Vigard’s genuinely sweet interpretation was not tough enough for the street-smart orphan. After a week of performances, Vigard was replaced by Andrea McArdle, who played one of the other orphans, Pepper. Vigard went on to become McArdle’s Broadway understudy.

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© Mark Waugh School Performance Photography

Annie in the UK:

The musical transferred to the Bristol Hippodrome for a special Christmas season before touring Britain. Because of strict British employment laws for juvenile actors, a succession of actresses took on the lead role every four months. One of the last girls to perform the role at the Victoria Palace before the show went on tour was 10-year old Claudia Bradley from Leeds who was featured on a 1981 BBC programme called Fame.

 The Cast:

Annie A 11 year-old redheaded orphan girl, optimistic and spunky, whose only wish is to find her parents

Miss Hannigan The orphanage matron, disillusioned, she hates children, but is fond of alcoholic beverages

Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks Billionaire businessman who opens his home – and ‘finally’ opens his heart – to Annie.

Grace Farrell Daddy Warbucks’ faithful secretary, who loves Annie from the start.

Daniel “Rooster” Hannigan Miss Hannigan’s no-good younger brother, out for the quick buck.

Lily St. Regis Rooster’s girlfriend, is smarter than she appears from the name of the hotel.

Molly, Pepper, Duffy, July, Tessie, and Kate The orphans at the orphanage, ages 6 to 13.

Bert Healy Radio announcer who agrees to broadcast Annie’s search for her parents.





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