Best-loved musical Annie to charm Little Rock

"Annie" comes to Little Rock in February at the Maumelle Performing Arts Center. File photo.

Annie, one of the world’s best-loved musical, comes to Little Rock in February. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of Annie will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original.

Based on the popular comic strip, Annie tells the extraordinary story of a little orphan who ends up in the lap of luxury with Depression-era billionaire Oliver Warbucks. Unlike most of the other children at Miss Hannigan's orphanage, spunky Annie believes that her parents are still alive and will one day return to claim her. So when Mr. Warbucks offers to adopt her, she asks the most powerful man in America to help find her real mom and dad instead, and he agrees.

Warbucks' whopping reward for Annie's parents attracts the attention of con artists Rooster, Lily and the wicked Miss Hannigan, who hatch a plot to kidnap Annie and take the $50,000 reward. But don't fret: This classic family musical has a happy ending for Annie, Daddy Warbucks and the whole gang.

Featuring book and score by Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie includes such unforgettable songs as It’s the Hard Knock Life, Easy Street, I Don’t Need Anything But You, plus the eternal anthem of optimism, Tomorrow.

According to Wikipedia, “The original Broadway production opened in 1977 and ran for nearly six years, setting a record for the Alvin Theatre. It spawned numerous productions in many countries, as well as national tours, and won the Tony Award for Best Musical.”

Celebrity Attractions brings Annie to Little Rock February 19-21. Performances are at the Maumelle Performing Arts Center, 100 Victory Lane, in Maumelle, AR. Tickets are $32 to $67, and may be purchased online at, or by phone at (501) 244-8800.


The Gayly- 2/18/2016 @ 11:09 AM CST