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23rd-28th March 2009

the King and I

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Book by THOMAS MEEHAN
Music by CHARLES STROUSE
Lyrics by MARTIN CHARNIN
Original production directed by Martin Charnin
Originally produced by Irwin Meyer, Stephen R. Friedman, Lewis Allen, Alvin Nederlander Associates Inc, The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Icarus Productions
Based on "Little Orphan Annie" (R) by permission of the Tribune Media Services Inc.

 

Come and enjoy this rags-to-riches tale of Annie’s adventure from a New York orphanage to the luxurious home of millionaire Oliver Warbucks. It is a story of hope, charity and the realisation that money isn’t everything in life, but love is.

This wonderful family show is based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip ‘Little Orphan Annie’, with the book written by Thomas Meehan, music and lyrics by Charles Strouse & Martin Charnin. First produced on Broadway in 1977, it has won 3 Tony Awards- for Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Book. Full of favourite sing-along songs such as ‘Hard Knock Life’, ‘You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile’ and ‘Tomorrow’.

Orphan Annie is convinced that her parents will one day come and she can be in a family again. Her adventurous escape from the orphanage is short lived, but when she’s chosen to spend Christmas with the millionaire, that’s when fun, intrigue and a roller-coaster of emotions begin…

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Song List

Act One

  1. Maybe - Annie
  2. It's the Hard-Knock Life - Annie, Orphans
  3. It's the Hard-Knock Life (reprise) - Orphans
  4. Tomorrow - Annie
  5. We'd Like to Thank You (Herbert Hoover) - The Hoover-ites
  6. Little Girls - Miss Hannigan
  7. I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here - Grace Farrell, Annie, Drake, Sophie, Annette, Mrs. Pugh, Other Servants
  8. N.Y.C. - Oliver Warbucks, Grace Farrell, Annie, Cecille, New Yorkers
  9. Easy Street - Miss Hannigan, Rooster Hannigan, Lily
  10. You Won't Be an Orphan For Long - Grace Farrell, Drake, Mrs. Pugh, Cecille, Annette, Servants, Oliver Warbucks

 

Act Two

  1. You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile - Bert Healy, Cecille, Mrs. Pugh, Annette
  2. The Hour of Smiles - Family
  3. You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" (reprise) - Orphans
  4. Easy Street (reprise) - Miss Hannigan, Rooster Hannigan, Lily
  5. Tomorrow (reprise) - Annie, FDR (Roosevelt), Oliver Warbucks, The Cabinet
  6. Something Was Missing - Oliver Warbucks
  7. I Don't Need Anything But You - Oliver Warbucks, Annie
  8. Annie - Grace Farrell, Drake, The Staff
  9. Maybe (reprise) - Annie
  10. A New Deal for Christmas - Annie, Oliver Warbucks, Grace Farrell, FDR (Roosevelt), The Staff

Synopsis

Eleven-year-old Annie is in an orphanage, presided over by a drunken Miss Hannigan, who hates “Little Girls”. All the orphans (“Hard Knock Life”)are ever hopeful that they will find parents and happiness ("Maybe"). Annie decides to escape to find her parents, running into a friendly dog who she names Sandy ("Tomorrow") and the people made homeless because of the Great Depression ("Hooverville"). However, she is returned to the orphanage. Then Grace Farrell, Warbucks' assistant, picks her from all the other girls to live in Oliver ‘Daddy’ Warbucks' palatial home over the Christmas holidays ("I Think I'm Gonna Like it Here").

Although initially uncomfortable with each other, Annie and Daddy Warbucks soon come to love each other (“You Won't Be An Orphan For Long”). Warbucks wants to adopt her, but Annie insists that her parents will come for her. Over the radio show of Bert Healy, and with the help of President Roosevelt, Warbucks offers a reward for the parents ("You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile"). Miss Hannigan and her brother, Rooster, with his girlfriend, Lily St. Regis, scheme to pretend to be Annie’s parents and collect the reward ("Easy Street"). When the evil plotters are dramatically unmasked, it is sadly revealed that Annie's parents have died.

The happy ending of Warbucks and Annie becoming a family ("I Don't Need Anything But You") will leave you with a warm optimistic glow.


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