Broadway musical "Annie" comes to BU

For immediate release: Nov. 20, 2009

BLOOMSBURG — "Annie," the timeless tale with one of Broadway's most memorable scores, including "It's the Hard Knock Life" and "Tomorrow," will be presented as Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania's next Celebrity Artist Series program on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts.

Set in 1933, this Tony-sweeping musical debuted in 1977. The story centers on Annie, who decides to escape an orphanage to find her parents but is caught by the supervisor Miss Hannigan. Angered by the escape attempt, Miss Hannigan forces the girls to clean the orphanage, a task they complete while singing "It's the Hard Knock Life." Soon, Mr. Bundles, the laundry man, comes to pick up the blankets. While Miss Hannigan flirts with him, Annie climbs into the laundry basket and the orphans cover her with blankets. Annie escapes, running into a friendly stray dog who she tells of better days to come while singing "Tomorrow."

Martin Charnin, a lyricist and director, bought a collection of "Little Orphan Annie" comic strips and began imagining a musical comedy based on the main character. After convincing Thomas Meehan and composer Charles Strouse to join him in writing the show, Charnin and his collaborators created the musical. It took more than four years to get the show on Broadway. Today, the show that cost $800,000 to produce has made a profit of $20 million, including $9.5 million in movie sales.

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