Young Cast Recruited for Annie Jr. at the Arts Theatre
Abridged Version of the Classic Musical Running at the West End Theatre throughout August 2015
The abridged version of the classic musical Annie is making its way to the West End’s Arts Theatre this year. Annie Jr., a version of Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin and Thomas Meehan’s popular original that is licensed by Music Theatre International, will feature young performers in the roles of Annie and others, whilst recruiting Matthew Chandler as its director.
Annie is the world’s most famous orphan, the curly-haired girl from the comic strips Little Oprhan by Harold Gray. It tells the story of the title character who is convinced that her parents are still alive and so she yearns to find them. Then she finds herself in a world of luxury as the billionaire Oliver Warbucks offers to adopt her and Annie realises that he could help her in her quest. But when some con artists get in on the scheme, it is clear that things are not going to according to plan.
The musical also features some well known numbers like It’s The Hard Knock Life and Tomorrow, amongst others.
The original musical of Annie was first seen in the United States back in the late 1970s when it premiered in Connecticut in 1976 prior to its Broadway debut a year later. Eventually it made its way to the West End, where it made its mark on UK audiences at the Victoria Palace Theatre. Since then it has been seen around the world and was brought to an even bigger audience with the well known film version in 1982 (as well as the remake, which hit cinema screens last year).
But for this version the story is abridged across 60 minutes, As is the case whenever Annie Jr is staged around the world. The version is often performed by younger performers by groups around the world and with this version at the Arts Theatre a rotating group of youngsters will indeed take on the lead roles.
Annie Jr is at the Arts Theatre, the current home of Bad Jews and Beautiful Thing, from Monday 3rd August 2015 (previews from Wednesday 29th July 2015) to Monday 31st August 2015.