Put your best smiles on and give the world a big ol’ hello with Annie LIVE from December 12 to 17 at the West Herr Auditorium Theatre. Leapin’ lizards, would you look at the time! It’s the holiday season now, but we still have two cities left in the North American tour’s final hurrah for 2023. So grab on tight and go on a whirlwind adventure with America’s favorite red-headed orphan in about three hours of musical mishaps and steely determination. Annie’s (Rainey Treviño) got some parents to find, and find them she shall! Under the creative guidance of Director Jenn Thompson, this renewed production brings back the Tony Award-winning score by Martin Charnin and Charles Strouse, featuring cultural hits “It’s the Hard Knock Life” and “Tomorrow,” not to mention the iconic book written by Thomas Meehan. Don’t keep Annie waiting — book your reservations today and sing with her this December!
“The ultimate feel-good musical!” – Time Magazine
“This enduring ode to optimism remains a sterling example of expert musical-theater craftsmanship.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Take a page out of Annie’s book and greet the new day with a skip in your step and a twinkle in your eye! After nine sold-out weeks bustling on the road, the new North American tour of this all-time MARVELOUS musical is skidding its 2023 leg towards a finale full of smiles, with only two cities left to visit. These include eight must-see performances from December 12 to 17 LIVE at the West Herr Auditorium Theatre in Rochester, New York!
Annie the Musical runs at 2 hours and 45 minutes (plus intermission), reviving the perennial book written by distinguished playwright Thomas Meehan, with Director Jenn Thompson at the helm. It will also feature the legendary score collaborated upon by music composer Charles Strouse and lyricist Martin Charnin, whose iconic songs “Tomorrow” and “It’s the Hard Knock Life” have endeared themselves lovingly to Americans everywhere.
Little orphan Annie’s got her work cut out for her, but there’s nothing she can’t do with a little elbow grease and a go-getter attitude! Join our spunky red-headed hero and her trusty canine companion as she navigates New York City orphanage life in the midst of the Great Depression. Only a half-locket to guide her, Annie will embark on a musical adventure in search of her long-lost parents, prancing into the hearts of billionaire tycoon Oliver Warbucks and his secretary Grace with joyous abandon.
However, for every beam of sun, there’s a crack of thunder warning of a brewing storm. Annie will have to muster all her moxy to confront the conniving Miss Hannigan, Rooster, and Lily, uniting everyone else closer to a world where rainbows come at every corner!
“An incredibly rich and affecting story.” – The Guardian
Creative Team & Cast
Chesapeake native Rainey Treviño will be making her national tour debut as the titular lead star, accompanied by a cast of beloved characters played by theater veterans and promising young actors alike.
- Rainier “Rainey” Treviño as Annie
- Stefanie Londino as Miss Hannigan
- Christopher Swan as Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks
- Julia Nicole Hunter as Grace Farrell
- Jeffrey T. Kelly as “Rooster” Hannigan
- Samantha Stevens as Lily St. Regis
- Mark Woodard as Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Savannah Austin as July
- Arianna Guller as Duffy
- Avery Hope as Pepper
- Addie Jaymes as Kate
- Kylie Noelle Patterson as Tessie
- Jade Smith as Molly
- Kaleb Jenkins as Bert Healy
- Tony Mowatt as Drake
- Georgie or Bailey (u/s) as Sandy
As for its supporting members, the production presents the following teams of dedicated talents: Savannah Fisher, Jerquintez A. Gipson, Caroline Glazier, Chance K. Ingalls, Jaelle Laguerre, Nick Traficante, Kaylie Mae Wallace as Ensembles and Callie Alexa, Brooke Olivia Gatto, and Trent Tyson as Swings.
Under the leadership of its Drama Desk-nominated director, Annie the Musical is blown into larger-than-life splendor thanks to the collaborative efforts of these creative experts:
- Patricia Wilcox – Choreographer
- Wilson Chin – Scenic Design
- Alejo Vietti – Costume Design
- Philip Rosenberg – Lighting Design
- Ken Travis – Sound Design
- Ashley Rae Callahan – Hair & Wig Design
- William Berloni – Animal Director and Trainer
- Hardt Casting, LLC – Casting
- Matthew Smedal – Music Supervisor
- Talitha Fehr – Music Coordinator
- Dan Delange – Orchestrations
- Jennifer Christina – Music Director
- Dave Burch – Technical Director
- Heather Chockley – Production Manager
- Anna Klevit – Production Stage Manager
- Katy Gentry – Assistant Stage Manager
- Deana Marie Kirsch – General Manager
- Soldanela Rivera – Company Manager
- Aaron Martin – Assistant Company Manager
- Crossroads Live – Producer & Tour Management
- Jayna Neagle – Executive Producer
- Bond Theatrical – Tour Booking, Marketing & Publicity Direction
- Neuro Tour – Physical Therapy
- Music Theatre International – Licensee
- Vasi Laurence – Co-Producer
“This show, with its iconic title character, continues to delight generations of theater lovers old and new by joyfully singing directly into the face of great adversity with perseverance, guts, and guile,” Director Jenn Thompson shared in an official press release.
Originally a 1924 New York Daily News comic strip by Harold Gray, the story of Annie found its way to the stage in 1977 during its spectacular Broadway premiere. The production was nominated ten times at the 31st Annual Tony Awards, winning in seven categories, including the holy trifecta of Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score. At the 22nd Drama Desk Awards, it notched another seven wins, Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Lyrics, to name two, with a GRAMMY Award for Best Cast Show Album as the cherry on top.
“Annie delivers a tingle that starts at the spine and wends its way toward the tear ducts.” – The Washington Post
“Overflowing! Big, warm-hearted and funny!” – New York Post
Due to this smashing success, Annie would later lead to several revivals in both Broadway and West End, appearances on television and the silver screen, sequels, tours, novelizations, musical recordings, and so much more. It eventually became the historic pop culture juggernaut it is today, having visited over 30 countries and translated into 28 languages.
So come on, stop dilly-dallying, and take your family to see the curly locks of red that bounced with true American spirit at the West Herr Auditorium Theatre. Tickets are still available for all eight shows from December 12 to 17 — grab yours now!