MISSOULA – Tickets now are available for the hit musical “Annie,” which will take the stage Feb. 1, 2017, at the University of Montana Adams Center during its third U.S. National Tour.
Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 19th time, this production of Annie is a brand-new incarnation of the iconic Tony Award-winning original, which opened in April 1977 at the Alvin Theatre in New York.
The show won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, seven Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical, the Grammy for Best Cast Show Album and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score. It remains one of the biggest Broadway musical hits ever, running for 2,377 performances after its opening and in 28 languages worldwide for nearly four decades.
The national tour production features a 25-member company. Making her tour debut in the title role of Annie is Tori Bates, an 11-year-old actress from Sarasota, Florida, who recently starred as young Josephine in the sold-out production of “Josephine” at Asolo Repertory Theatre in Florida.
The beloved score for Annie includes “Maybe,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.” The choreography, by Liza Gennaro, incorporates selections from Peter Gennaro’s 1977 Tony Award-winning choreography.
The celebrated design team includes scenic design by Tony Award winner Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Costume Designer’s Guild Award winner Suzy Benzinger, lighting design by Tony Award winner Ken Billington and sound design by Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski. Lovable mutt “Sandy” is once again trained by Tony Award honoree William Berloni, and the tour is produced by Troika Entertainment.