‘Annie’ to land in Jakarta

AN IN­TER­NA­TIONAL THE­ATER TROUPE IS SLATED TO BRING THE FAMED STORY OF AN OR­PHAN AND HER DOG TO JAKARTA

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Annie is a pop­u­lar fam­i­lyfriendly tale set against the back­drop of pre-World War II in Amer­ica. The story cen­ters on the ad­ven­tures of a charm­ing or­phan, the tit­u­lar Annie, who is never with­out her dog Sandy. Annie wan­ders the land­scape of the Great De­pres­sion in the US like a vagabond, al­ways crav­ing for the love of kind par­ents.

The tale traces its ori­gins to a daily comic strip ti­tled Lit­tle Or­phan Annie, cre­ated by Harold Gray that de­buted in the New York Daily News in Aug. 1924.

Thanks to the strip’s pop­u­lar­ity, the comic has been adapted into var­i­ous for­mats, in­clud­ing ra­dio plays, movies, the­atri­cal and mu­si­cal per­for­mances.

Annie was first made into a Broad­way mu­si­cal in 1977-and a young Sarah Jes­sica Parker (later of Sex in the City fame) had a turn as the waifish girl.

The mu­si­cal turned out to be one of Broad­way’s most suc­cess­ful pro­duc­tions, re­ceiv­ing seven pres­ti­gious Tony awards, as well as best-mu­si­cal hon­ors from the New York Drama Crit­ics Cir­cle and seven awards from the Choice Drama Desk.

Since then, the mu­si­cal has been adapted into 28 lan­guages for stages across the globe, in­clud­ing those in Aus­tralia.

The suc­cess of the mu­si­cal also pre­cip­i­tated the adap­ta­tion of the story into film, most re­cently in 2014, con­tribut­ing to the world­wide pop­u­lar­ity of the story.

Now there’s some great news for

In­done­sians who love Annie: This Au­gust, the Broad­way mu­si­cal will be per­formed at the Cipu­tra Art­preneur The­ater in Jakarta from Aug. 2 to 14.

For the 19th sea­son, the play will be di­rected by the mu­si­cal’s orig­i­nal lyri­cist and di­rec­tor, Martin Charnin.

The show has been up­dated with new scenes while stay­ing true to the iconic, Tony award-win­ning orig­i­nal pro­duc­tion.

“Hav­ing pre­vi­ously pre­sented hu­mor-laden mu­si­cals, this time we want to take In­done­sian view­ers to see an­other facet of a Broad­way per­for­mance, through the char­ac­ter of Annie, who re­fuses to give in to de­spair,” Cipu­tra Art­preneur gen­eral man­ager Yati Yu­soff said.

Af­ter tour­ing in 41 cities last year, pro­duc­ers Troika En­ter­tain­ment were pleased to an­nounce a whole new batch of cast for this year’s leg of the tour, which now boasts a 25-mem­ber com­pany.

Twelve-year-old ac­tress Heidi Gray from Au­gusta, Ge­or­gia, in the US, who joined the cast on Broad­way in Jan­uary, will play the cen­tral char­ac­ter; while, Lynn An­drews will play Miss Han­ni­gan and Gil­gamesh Taggett will play Annie’s pa­tron, the wealthy in­dus­tri­al­ist Oliver “Daddy” War­bucks.

“We are proud of the achieve­ments that this mu­si­cal has at­tained in the United States d we hope that In­done­sian au­di­ences can also take plea­sure of the clas­sic story,” the mu­si­cal’s stage man­ager, Suzayn MacKen­zie Roy, said.

THE MU­SIC

Aside from the ac­co­lades re­ceived for its story and cast, the mu­si­cal has a Grammy for Best Cast Show for its mu­sic.

The most fa­mous and time­less song from the mu­si­cal is “To­mor­row”. Other fa­vorites, such as “Maybe”, “It’s a Hard Knock Life”, “You’re Never Fully Dressed With­out a Smile”, “Easy Street”, and “I Don’t Need Any­thing but You”, will also be per­formed dur­ing the play.

The mu­sic for the Annie was com­posed by Charles Strouse with lyrics writ­ten by Martin Charnin, both of who have won Tony Awards for their work.

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