Mc Ardle opened the show at Broadway’s Alvin Theatre (now the Neil Simon) on April 21, 1977.Produced by Mike Nichols and directed by Charnin, Annie was an instant hit.You Won't Be an Orphan For Long James Whitcomb Riley’s 1885 poem “Little Orphan Annie” served as the inspiration for Harold Gray’s popular 1920s Chicago Tribune comic strip of the same name, as well as the popular Raggedy Ann doll.Gray followed the adventures of an 11-year-old orphan with curly red hair (and no eyes!In a surprising choice, Funny Girl producer Ray Stark recruited Oscar winner John Huston to direct Annie, explaining, “His films reflect a reality, a dramatic style, taste and elegance, all the things Annie would need for the screen.” Huston and Stark cast Albert Finney as Oliver Warbucks, Broadway veteran Ann Reinking as his loyal assistant Grace Farrell, and comic icon Carol Burnett as Miss Hannigan.Broadway vets Bernadette Peters and Tim Curry played Miss Hannigan's scheming sidekicks, Lily St. To find a young actress for the crucial title role, scout Garrison True and a dozen assistants spent 10 months visiting 20 cities and auditioning 8,000 little girls before settling on Pennsylvania native Aileen Quinn.
In 1999, Annie received a more faithful adaptation as a made-for-TV movie.
The second coming of closed after 239 performances.
We Got Annie Fifteen years later, Annie is back on Broadway at the Palace Theatre in a revival directed by three-time Tony Award winner James Lapine (Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George).
As Barnes put it, “Dorothy Loudon never puts a sneer, a leer, or even a scream in the wrong place, and her singing has just the right brassy bounce to it.” Annie went on to run for 2,377 performances and helped launch the career of replacement Annie Sarah Jessica Parker.
Let’s Go to The Movies In 1979, Columbia Pictures secured the rights to Annie in what would become a million big-screen adaptation.