Music: Charles Strouse

Lyrics: Martin Charnin

Book: Thomas Meehan 

The idea of creating a musical based on Harold Gray's "Little Orphan Annie" comic strip originated with lyricist/director Martin Charnin. Playwright Thomas Meehan and composer Charles Strouse were initially skeptical of the idea, but Charnin quickly won them over with his enthusiasm for the project.

The story revolves around Annie, an 11-year-old orphan who longs for her parents to rescue her from the Municiple Orphanage and its mean-spirited matron, Agatha Hannigan. When billionaire Oliver Warbucks stumbles upon the little orphan and decides to adopt her, he must first deal with Miss Hannigan's oportunistic schemes.

Annie opened at the Alvin Theatre on April 21, 1977. The New York production ran for 2,377 performances, making it the third longest running musical of the 1970s. In 1982, the movie version was released starring Albert Finney, Aileen Quinn, Ann Reinking, and Carol Burnett.

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