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Beloved musical comes to NW Iowa

Monday, April 14, 2008

Leapin' lizards! The timeless tale of Little Orphan Annie is coming to northwest Iowa to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

Boasting one of Broadway's most memorable scores, including "It's a Hard-Knock Life," "Easy Street," and the ever-optimistic "Tomorrow," ANNIE is an ever-popular theatrical experience for the entire family. Don't miss this all-new production that Variey calls "a winner!"

The one-time performance will be April 24, 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City. Tickets are $31, $41 and $56. Call 712-279-4850 or order online at Ticketmaster.

One of the most successful musicals of all time, "Annie" debuted in 1977 and won seven Tony awards, running an incredible 2,377 straight shows on Broadway. The original lyricist that brought show to Broadway will direct the northwest Iowa show, which will also feature a whole new look and updated costuming. The current tour is over 200 shows long!

The timeless tale of Little Orphan Annie is back, based on a classic comic strip, giving a whole new generation the chance to experience this classic musical about never giving up hope.

Shortly before Christmas, 1971, 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 librettist Thomas Meehan and composer Charles Strouse to join him in writing the show, Charnin and his collaborators created the musical together. However, it took four and a half years to get to Broadway. No producer thought it stood a chance.

The show has since earned $20 million, and was made into four different road companies, a Broadway sequal "Annie Warbucks," and movie versions in 1982 and 1999. "Annie" was revived on Broadway in 1997, and has been touring the nation since kicking off in 2005 in Seattle.

You can bet your bottom dollar that the show will be a popular ticket with northwest Iowans this month.