Annie: Arrangements

Scott Welch
Musical Director:
Mark Smith
Sarah Welch

Annie opened on Broadway in April 1977, winning 7 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. It opened in the West End a year later, playing for 1485 performances, since when there have been numerous highly successful revivals and tours in the US and the UK, most recently in 2017. The original film version was released in 1982 but the least said about that the better as it is one of Hollywood’s worst desecrations of a stage musical, with scenes, sub-plots and several substituted songs that are not in the show, plus a ludicrous 10 minute chase sequence replacing the original final scenes. A second film version was released in 2014, which also received generally negative reviews. So let’s concentrate on the stage version.

Annie is one of those musicals that has an undeserved and ill informed reputation; e.g. “Fiddler is miserable” - it’s not; “There’s not much for the chorus in Annie” - not true. The chorus are involved in 6 musical numbers as is normal in many leading musicals of it’s era. Even leaving aside the 5 main principals plus Annie and the orphans, at 26 other characters this show has one of the largest named cast lists you will ever find. Several have solos (‘A Star To Be,’ Bert Healy and the 3 Boylan Sisters) and many have dialogue.

Broxbourne Theatre Company has only presented it once, in 1991, and it was a great success and enjoyed by everyone in the cast. A notable occurrence then was that we had over 100 young girls audition for Annie and the orphans! So put aside your misconceptions and come and join in a great show.