Annie is a Broadway musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and the book by Thomas Meehan. The original Broadway production opened in 1977 and ran for nearly six years, setting a record for the Alvin Theatre (now the Neil Simon Theatre). It spawned numerous productions in many countries, as well as national tours, and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The musical’s songs “Tomorrow” and “It’s the Hard-Knock Life” are among its most popular musical numbers.
The Columbia Pictures film was released in 1982, starring Albert Finney as Daddy Warbucks, Carol Burnett as Miss Hannigan, Ann Reinking as Grace Farrell, Tim Curry as Rooster, Bernadette Peters as Lily, and Aileen Quinn as Annie. A sequel, Annie: A Royal Adventure! was made for television in 1995. It starred Ashley Johnson, Joan Collins, George Hearn, and Ian McDiarmid. Aside from a reprise of “Tomorrow”, there are no songs in it.

Feeling good with Annie.
Annie and the gang learn about exercising from door-to-door exercise guru Professor Fitness. Things get strange though when they try to invite him to a special charity ball in the city, and he says he can’t go because the police want to arrest him! Anyway, things get straightened out (Did you have any doubt?) and the Professor (and the No Flab Revue) leads everybody in learning a new dance called”The Annie” (which is basically move your feet however you want to and say “I’m special”. Not very helpful, is it?). The album includes disco instrumental versions of “Easy Street”, “Maybe”, and “Tomorrow” played during the story.

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3 responses »

  1. Kathleen says:

    I like this record. I was wondering if you try to find Annie and the mystery of the vanishing locket and post i?

  2. boutje777 says:

    I will, and post it when i find it. But i have my doubts or otherwise i would have found it allready when it’s somewhere on the net.

  3. haha I “remixed” this album into a psychedelic, face-melting jumbled mess.

    https://somethingweird.bandcamp.com/album/storybook-sessions-vol-1-annietrippin

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