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2009 - Annie

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“The sun'll come out tomorrow
Bet your bottom dollar
That tomorrow
There'll be sun!
Just thinkin' about tomorrow
Clears away the cobwebs,
And the sorrow 'Til there's none!”

Annie is an eleven-year old orphan living at the New York Municipal Orphanage in 1933 during the height of the Great Depression. When Annie was left at the orphanage by her parents, they left half a locket along with a letter promising they would be back to pick her up. Run by the alcoholic Miss Hannigan, the orphanage is not a loving home and Annie longs to escape to find her parents.

Meanwhile, the billionaire Olivier Warbucks instructs his private secretary Grace Farrell to find an orphan to spend Christmas at his mansion. To her delight, and Miss Hannigan's dismay, Annie is chosen. Although Mr. Warbucks is originally disgruntled that Annie is not a boy, she wins him over with her eternal optimism and spunk. Warbucks then decides to help Annie find her parents by offering a hefty reward to anyone who is able to prove that they are Annie's parents.

Unfortunately, the process of finding her parents is not as simple as it first appears and many new problems arise. However with the help of Annie's enthusiasm and optimism everything is resolved at the end of the musical, and hope that the sun will come out tomorrow is restored in everyone's lives.

Annie opened at the Alvin Theatre on April 21, 1977. The New York production ran for 2,377 performances, making it the third longest running musical of the 1970s. In 1982, the movie version was released starring Albert Finney, Aileen Quinn, Ann Reinking, and Carol Burnett.

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