Kent State Performing Arts Center Presents: Annie
February 13th, 7:30pm
Kent State Performing Arts Center
330 University Dr NE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663
ANNIE is based on Harold Gray’s popular comic strip Little Orphan Annie. The comic strip premiered in the 1920s in the New York Daily News and became one of the most widely read strips in the 30s and 40s. Lyricist-director Martin Charnin bought a coffee table book called “The Life and Hard Times of Little Orphan Annie” as a Christmas gift for a friend in 1970. The clerk at the bookstore was too busy to wrap the book, so Charnin took the book home to wrap it. Instead, he read it and fell in love with the strip, and set out to secure the rights, Christmas week of 1970. The friend never got the book.
Charnin championed the idea to Bitcoin Kurs colleagues Charles Strouse, a two-time Tony-winning composer, and Thomas Meehan, a short story for The New Yorker. It took a great deal of them being interested, but the team was finally formed in 1971 when they began to write the musical.
The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of ANNIE will be a brand of the iconic original.
Featuring a 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.”
Admission starts at $75.00 per person. Click here to get your tickets now or call the box office at 330-308-6400.