1997 – Annie

Little orphan Annie was left in an orphanage run by the unpleasant Miss Hannigan.  Just like Annie, the other girls in the orphanage hope that one day they will have parents and will leave the rotten orphanage and its drunken matron. Maybe  Annie decides to run away to find her parents Tomorrow But on her way out, Miss Hannigan catches her and punishes Annie and the rest of the orphans by making them stay up all night cleaning the orphanage. It’s a Hard Knocked Life  The next morning, the laundry man, Mr. Bundles comes to make a pick up and while he is flirting with Miss Hannigan, the girls put Annie in his cart and when he leaves, he unknowingly is taking Annie with him. Now free to find her parents, Annie encounters a dog who is running away from dogcatchers. She saves him and sings Tomorrow. Annie names the dog Sandy and together they walk through the streets. They encounter a makeshift town named Hooverville full of homeless people from the Great Depression. They sing their woes to Annie in We’d Like to Thank You, a song dedicated to Herbert Hoover, for whom they blame their unfortunate fate to.

Meanwhile, back at the orphanage, Miss Hannigan is disgusted with her life and is not too happy running an orphanage of little girls as she sings Little Girls.  While on the street, Annie is picked up by an officer and is returned to the orphanage.  Just when Miss Hannigan sits down to listen to a radio show, the officer walks in with Annie. Miss Hannigan is about to punish Annie when a beautiful young woman, named Grace, walks in. Grace is the private secretary for the billionaire Oliver Warbucks and he would like to invite an orphan to stay with him in his mansion for Christmas. Grace sees Annie and is instantly drawn to her even though Miss Hannigan tries everything in her power to discredit Annie, even calling her a drunk and a liar. Grace still insists on Annie and forces Miss Hannigan to sign the required papers.

Grace brings Annie to Warbucks mansion and is instantly drawn to the size of it. She is welcomed by Warbucks staff I Think I’m Going to Like It Here. Warbucks enters and is unhappy to see a girl orphan when he asked Grace to get a boy. However, he quickly feels a deep connection to Annie’s spunk and individuality. Warbucks, who rarely ever stops thinking about work, decides to take the night off and he and Grace take Annie to see a movie at the Roxy and for Ice cream and a ride through Central Park NYC

Grace goes back to the orphanage to tell Miss Hannigan that Warbucks wants to adopt Annie. As she leaves, Hannigan’s brother, Rooster, and his girlfriend, Lily St. Regis walk in asking Hannigan for money. When she refuses, he reminds her of their mother’s lullabye Easy Street.  She then tells them of Annie’s pending adoption and they lament their standings in life.

Warbucks buys a locket from Tiffany’s & Co to give to Annie when he tells her that he wants to adopt her. Instead of being happy, Annie weeps and tells him of her wish to find her real parents and the secret of a half of a locket she kept because the other half her parents have. Warbucks, although upset that he can’t adopt Annie, vows to help find her real parents You Won’t Be an Orphan For Long.

Warbucks takes Annie onto the popular Bert Healy radio show popular to offer a $50,000 reward for anyone who can prove they are Annie’s parents. The show closes with the radio singers singing You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile. The orphans at the orphanage are listening to radio show and do their own version of You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile. Miss Hannigans is frustrated at Annie’s good fortune just when Rooster and Lily walk in dressed as Ralph and Shirley Mudge. Miss Hannigan gives them the other half of the locket and Annie’s birth certificate and they pretend to be Annie’s real parents. Once they get the money they plan on ditching Annie and living the life of luxury.

Warbucks and Annie stops by the Oval Office and President Roosevelt so Warbucks can discuss the current state of life in the US (crime, poverty, mayhem) when Annie breaks into Tomorrow - Reprise to lighten the mood. The song inspires President Roosevelt and other cabinet members to draft the New Deal. Meanwhile, news breaks that there are a flood of people outside of Warbucks mansion claiming to be Annie’s parents. Annie and Warbucks return to the mansion in New York.

When they arrive they are met by Grace who has turned away many couples already. After so many dismissals, Annie starts to fear that she will never be with her real parents and Warbucks again offers to adopt her because she has made him happy. Something Was Missing  Warbucks puts the adoption in motion and he plans a big party to celebrate, together they get excited at the idea of being father and daughter. I Don’t Need Anything But You  Just when the Justice is about to pronounce the adoption legal, Rooster and Lily come in disguised as the Mudges and show the locket and birth certificate to prove they are her real parents. Warbucks convinces them to allow her to stay with him through Christmas day and to pick her up tomorrow. They allow, but as they leave Grace is positive she has seen them somewhere else before.  Warbucks calls Roosevelt for a favor.

The next morning as Annie apprehensively awaits the Mudges return, President Roosevelt arrives with evidence from the FBI that analyzed a note written by Annie’s real parents that revealed their identity to be David and Margaret Bennett and they unfortunately did die. Miss Hannigan brings the orphans to the mansion to celebrate Christmas and she secretly awaits her brother. When Rooster and Lily arrive more communications come from the FBI that identifies the Mudges as Rooster and Lily, Miss Hannigan tries pretends that she has never met them before and tries to get the girls all singing Christmas carols. All three are hauled off to jail and Annie and Warbucks rejoice because he can now adopt her. Annie promises the rest of the orphans to a better life with A New Deal for Christmas A big package arrives for Annie, she opens it and Sandy jumps out.

Characters

Characters Description
Annie An 11-year-old redheaded girl, optimistic and “spunky”, seeking her parents
Miss Hannigan The unpleasant orphanage matron, disillusioned, she hates children, but is fond of alcoholic beverages
Oliver Warbucks Billionaire businessman who opens his home - and heart - to Annie
Grace Farrell Warbucks’ faithful secretary
Rooster Miss Hannigan’s no-good brother, out for the quick buck
Lily St. Regis Rooster’s not-so-dumb blonde amoral girlfriend
President Franklin D. Roosevelt President of the United States, he aids Warbucks
Bert Healy Radio announcer who agrees to broadcast Annie’s search for her parents
The Boylan sisters Singers on the Bert Healy Show
Little girls Residents of the orphanage who range in age from 6 to 13, they have a “Hard Knock Life” (Pepper, Molly, July, Tessie, Duffy, Kate)
Sandy An abandoned mixed-breed dog that Annie rescues who becomes her faithful companion.

Musical numbers

Act 1 

  • Overture - Orchestra
  • Maybe - Annie & Orphans
  • It’s the Hard Knock Life - Annie & Orphans
  • It’s the Hard Knock Life (Reprise) - Orphans
  • Tomorrow - Annie
  • We’d Like to Thank You Herbert Hoover - Hooverville-ites & Annie
  • Little Girls - Miss Hannigan
  • Little Girls (Reprise) - Miss Hannigan
  • I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here - Grace, Annie & Servants
  • N.Y.C.- Warbucks, Grace, Annie, Star-to-Be, Chorus
  • Easy Street - Rooster, Miss Hannigan, Lily
  • Why Should I Change a Thing? - Warbucks**
  • You Won’t Be an Orphan for Long - Grace, Drake, Servants, Annie, Warbucks
  • Maybe (Reprise) - Annie
Act 2 

  • Entr’acte - Orchestra
  • Maybe (Reprise) - Annie
  • You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile - Bert Healy, Boylan Sisters
  • You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile (Children) - Orphans
  • Easy Street (Reprise) - Rooster, Miss Hannigan, Lily
  • Tomorrow (Cabinet Reprise) - Annie, Roosevelt, Warbucks, Cabinet
  • Something Was Missing - Warbucks
  • I Don’t Need Anything But You - Warbucks, Annie, Grace, Drake, Servants
  • Annie - Grace, Drake & Servants
  • Maybe (Reprise) - Annie
  • New Deal for Christmas - Warbucks, Grace, Annie, Roosevelt, Servants, Orphans
  • Bows - All
  • Exit Music - Orchestra