Arts & Entertainment

'Annie' bringing along its lovable cast, songs

Leapin' lizards! Annie's back and cuter than ever. The musical Annie, which makes a stop in the Tri-Cities on Jan. 30 at the Toyota Center, was inspired by the comic strip character known as Little Orphan Annie.

The musical debuted on Broadway in 1977 and won Tony Awards for best musical, best original score and best book.

Since then, the show has toured the world because theater lovers never seem to tire of its adorable little redhead and equally adorable dog Sandy.

Some of the more familiar tunes from Annie include It's the Hard Knock Life, Easy Street and Tomorrow.

Even more memorable are the characters who make this story entertaining. Naturally, there's 11-year-old Annie, the orphan girl; Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks, the billionaire businessman who opens his home and heart to Annie; that most unpleasant Miss Hannigan, the orphanage matron who hates children, especially Annie; Grace Farrell, Daddy Warbucks' faithful secretary; Rooster, Miss Hannigan's no-good brother; Lily St. Regis, Rooster's girlfriend; Bert Healy, the radio announcer who helps search for Annie's parents; the Boylan sisters, who sing on the Bert Healy Show; and Sandy, the beloved pooch that becomes Annie's faithful companion.

This latest Annie tour, presented by Networks Presentations, will feature all the music of composer Charles Strouse and lyricist Martin Charnin.

Admission is $32 to $59.50, plus service charges. Tickets are online at or at the Toyota Center box office.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;