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Annie the Musical Coming to New Zealand

Tuesday 1 October 2013

Annie the Musical Coming to New Zealand

Everyone’s favourite little red-headed orphan is New Zealand-bound. The acclaimed UK production of Annie – one of the best-loved musicals of all time - will play in Wellington from 23 May 2014 at the St James Theatre, and in Auckland from 13 June at The Civic for a strictly limited season. Tickets go on sale 27 September. 

“One of the most enchanting musicals I have ever seen” – Sunday Times, UK

The show will feature a host of familiar faces from British TV and stage, and will propel local talent into the spotlight in the lead role of Annie as well as her fellow orphans. 

Leading the stellar cast is the UK’s hilarious star of stage and screen, Su Pollard, and David McAlister, a veteran of the West End stage and TV dramas. 

“A musical that tugs at your heartstrings”The Times, UK

Producer James Cundall, Chief Executive of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions said, “To be bringing some of the UK’s leading actors to New Zealand is a dream come true. Su Pollard became a national treasure in the UK with her performance in Hi-de-Hi!, where she demonstrated that unbelievable comedic timing which she will bring to the role of Miss Hannigan. David McAlister is a consummate star, with the most incredible array of credits spanning more than three decades and a wide spectrum of entertainment. New Zealand is in for a real treat with this incredible array of talent starring in such a popular musical.”

The show comes direct from a highly successful UK tour and features a cast of 32, including Annie and nine fellow orphans. 

“We will be casting the roles of Annie and the orphan children locally, giving aspiring young actresses in New Zealand the opportunity of a lifetime to star on stage in an international production. And of course we will be scouting for local canine talent for the role of Sandy the dog, so keep an eye out for further details!” added Mr Cundall.

From its Broadway beginnings to the classic film musical, the heart-warming rags-to-riches story of plucky young Annie’s journey from the hard-knock New York orphanage to the luxurious home of billionaire businessman Oliver Warbucks, is a tale that has been told all over the world for decades.

Boasting one of Broadway’s most memorable, toe-tapping scores, including “It’s The Hard Knock Life”, “Easy Street” and the legendary “Tomorrow”, plus fantastically visual choreography, a side-splittingly funny script and, of course, the adorable dog Sandy, it really is no surprise that Annie remains one of the most loved and universally appealing musicals of all time.

More than 50 million people of all ages have been delighted by three Broadway runs of Annie, two Australian tours, two West End stints, five National U.S. companies, two hit movies (1982 and 1999) with a third due for release in December, and dozens of international productions, playing seasons all over the world. This UK production of ANNIE has been seen by over 3 million people during its tour to every major city in Great Britain, and last year played sell-out seasons in Hong Kong and Singapore.

“An irresistible show” The Daily Telegraph, UK

Inspired by the famous comic strip Little Orphan Annie which first ran in the New York News in 1924, Annie is set in Depression Era New York City at a time when the economy looked bleak, government seemed ineffective and the average citizen was desperate and frustrated. With its hopeful message and unwavering belief in a better tomorrow, Annie made its Broadway debut in April 1977 and played 2377 performances before closing in 1983. The show won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book (Thomas Meehan), Best Original Score (music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin), and Best Choreography.

Now, 37 years after its Broadway debut, the timeless tale of Little Orphan Annie will be coming to New Zealand, giving a whole new generation the chance to experience a classic musical about never giving up hope. Annie is a delightful theatrical experience for any age.  

Tickets on Sale Monday 7 October