Annie started off on Broadway and was made into a classic film musical. It is a heart-warming rags-to-riches story of 11 year old orphan Annie’s adventures from the New York orphanage to the luxurious home of Oliver Warbucks. It is a real good triumphs over evil tale.
Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has been starring as Miss Hannigan in a UK and Ireland tour of the musical Annie which opened in Newcastle's Theatre Royal on 11th July. Due to Craig's Strictly Come Dancing and pantomime commitments the role of Miss Hannigan will be played on certain dates by Lesley Joseph (Dorian from Birds of a Feather), Jodie Prenger and Elaine C Smith.
Thjey will be joined by Alex Bourne/Daddy Warbucks: with Madeleine Haynes, Isabella Pappas and Sophia Pettit alternating the role of Annie with Jonny Fines/Rooster: Djalenga Scott/Lily: Holly Dale Spencer/Grace Farrell. Ensemble members: Lewis Bradley/Bert Healy: James Evans/Lewis Howe, Nic Gibney/Drake: Kate Somerset How/Mrs Greer: Sinead Kenny/Cecile: Michael LinFred/McCraken/Morganthau/ADC : Alice Liveing/Connie/Star to be: Callum Mcardle/Lt Ward and Franklin Roosevelt: Anne Smith/Mrs Pugh with swing Megan Louch, Heather Scott Martin (and Dance Captain), Steven Oliver Bundles and Ben Mundy and children Ashley Goldberg/Daisy Parry/KateWoodman as Kate: Jessica Cartledge/Nikoo Saeki and Rosanna Beacock as Molly: Lissy Mant/Scarlet Churchhouse and Chloe Bowes as Tessie: Connie Burgess, Mia Hope and Tegan Williams as July: Asha Banks, Amelia Love Coleman and Natasha Raphael as Duffy; Claudia Ross Carlier, Liani Samuel and Scarlett Flannery as Pepper and introducing Amber as Sandy the Dog.
With its award-winning book and score, this stunning new production includes the unforgettable songs ‘It’s the Hard Knock Life’, ‘Easy Street’, ‘I Don’t Need Anything But You’ and ‘Tomorrow’.
Horwood is best knows as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing. His West End theatre credits include Munkustrap in Cats (New London) and Harry in Crazy for You (Prince Edward) as well as appearing in Miss Saigon (Drury Lane)
This new production of the musical has music and lyrics by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin and a book by Thomas Meehan. It will be directed by Nikolai Foster, (recently announced as the new artistic director of Leicester’s Curve), and is produced by Michael Harrison and David Ian.