AMERICA’S FAVORITE ORPHAN

‘ANNIE’ COMES TO LIFE AT THE
MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE!

Perfect for the holidays, the heartfelt classic musical will star Broadway veteran Vicki Lewis as Miss Hannigan

November 20, 2013 – The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is heading into the holidays with the perfect family musical for everyone on your list: Annie!

The Tony Award®-winning sensation bursts onto the Theatre's stage December 3 – 22, directed and choreographed by Carbonell Award winner Mark Martino (The Music Man, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Crazy for You) and starring Carbonell winner and Broadway veteran Vicki Lewis as Miss Hannigan, seen recently in the Theatre’s production of Hello, Dolly!

Complete with a stunning set, large orchestra and cast of 28 performers, Annie is packed with memorable Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin songs, including “Tomorrow,” “Hard-Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” and “Maybe.”

“With its knockout score and catchy lyrics, Annie is an example of musical theatre excellence at its finest,” said Andrew Kato, the Theatre’s producing artistic director. “Annie is both a large-scale song-and-dance extravaganza and a wonderfully uplifting story about two unlikely people finding each other. It will absolutely delight kids of all ages.”

An American pop culture phenomenon inspired by the depression-era comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie follows the story of an optimistic orphan, Annie, who is terrorized by miserable orphanage matron Miss Hannigan. Annie finds a faithful companion in a stray dog, Sandy, and eventually an unlikely father in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, whose heart melts when he meets the spunky redhead.

“At the heart of it, Annie is a story about the innocence, resilience and courage of an 11-year-old who has been dealt a terrible hand in life, yet maintains a boundless optimism for a future full of sunny ‘tomorrows,’” Martino said. “Annie reminds us of a simple, profound truth that most adults have forgotten; Oliver Warbucks may be the richest man in the world, yet all his money can’t possibly buy the greatest treasures of all – love and family.”

Annie originally opened on Broadway in 1977. Written by Thomas Meehan, the adventure-filled musical won seven Tony Awards® (including Best Musical) and shattered all previous box office records at the Alvin Theatre by running for nearly six years. It inspired a 1982 film, a 1999 TV special, two Broadway revivals and countless productions across the world, with former cast members that include stars such as Carol Burnett, Sarah Jessica Parker, Andrea McArdle, Nell Carter, Molly Ringwald and local resident and Broadway veteran Gary Beach.

“Of the canon of musicals licensed throughout the country, Annie is one of the top five musicals of all time,” said Maltz Jupiter Theatre board member Rodger Hess, who produced the 20th anniversary Broadway revival of Annie in 1997 and the recent national tour.

The production stars Clara Young, 10, as Annie (national tour of How the Grinch Stole Christmas) and Broadway veteran Christopher Carl as Oliver Warbucks (Tarzan, South Pacific and Mamma Mia). The production also features 12 local children (six cast members and six understudies) as the orphans, cast through the Theatre’s annual First Step to Stardom auditions. A host of familiar faces also return to the Theatre’s stage, including local actors Irene Adjan, Mary Elizabeth Rich, Barry Tarallo and more.

The production also stars Macy the dog as Sandy, a rescue dog trained by renowned Broadway animal trainer Bill Berloni. Macy has starred in over a dozen productions of Annie nationally, and on Thanksgiving Day 2011, she was seen on NBC during The National Dog Show. Actor Schuyler Beeman serves as Macy’s handler during the Theatre’s production.

“Sometimes it takes a year to train a dog for the role of Sandy, but we had Macy doing her first production in six months,” Berloni said. “Macy is a very smart, malleable, happy-go-lucky dog. She is actually our best-trained Sandy, which is why she gets to do all the regional productions.”

Annie is sponsored by the John MacDonald Company and Admiral’s Cove Cares. The Theatre’s 62 new club level seats are available for single tickets and subscription upgrades for Annie. Group rates are available, and the Theatre’s new upstairs club level lounge, The Green Room, is available for private events and functions.

Tickets for Annie start at $52 and may be purchased by calling (561) 575-2223 or visiting www.jupitertheatre.org/shows/Annie.

About the Maltz Jupiter Theatre
The not-for-profit Maltz Jupiter Theatre has become one of Florida’s preeminent professional theatres, committed to production and education through its collaborations with local and national artists. Currently the state’s largest award-winning regional theatre, the Theatre draws over 70,000 people annually, serves a subscription base of more than 7,600 and has world-class classroom facilities in support of its Paul and Sandra Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts, which serves hundreds of youth and adults. The Theatre is a member of the prestigious League of Resident Theatres and has earned numerous Carbonell Awards, South Florida’s highest honor for artistic excellence, including the prestigious Bill Von Maurer Award for Theatrical Excellence in 2012. For more information about the Theatre’s upcoming shows and Conservatory, visit www.jupitertheatre.org or call the box office at (561) 575-2223.   

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Annie
December 3 – 22

Leapin’ Lizards! America’s favorite comic-strip orphan is coming to life in the Tony Award-winning musical set in the Great Depression. This adventure-filled musical arrives just in time for the holiday season and will delight kids of all ages. You’ll cheer as Annie escapes from her “Hard-Knock Life” but don’t wait until “Tomorrow” to get your tickets. This one will sell out fast! There are many ways families can see Annie, including School Spirit Night, Student Previews and more. Sponsored by the John MacDonald Company and Admiral’s Cove Cares. Visit www.jupitertheatre.org for showtimes; tickets start at $52. Phone: (561) 575-2223.