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“Annie’s” Back At The Wang January 28 - February 2

Like an Eveready Bunny with a frizzy red perm, “Annie” is the show that just keeps on going. Or coming, in this case, as “Annie” returns to Boston to play The Wang Theatre for a one week engagement, January 28 - February 2.

Based on the comic strip Little Orphan Annie, first came to life at The Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut in 1975. After a successful try-out, the show moved on to Washington’s Kennedy Center and finally to Broadway in 1977, bringing stardom to Andrea McArdle in the title role. The rest is history.

Set in New York City during the Depression, the show captures the story of a little girl searching for her parents while running from the clutches of a conniving alcoholic orphanage mistress -- the ever-villainous Miss Hannigan. Through it all, she learns it's a hard-knock life, but that you're never fully dressed without a smile. (Oddly, she comes a long way but never develops pupils.)

Along the way, Annie acquires a faithful canine sidekick, meets ba-zillionaire Daddy Warbucks and helps President Roosevelt turn the country around (much the way Shirley Temple ended the Civil War by stamping her little foot while pouting).

With a score by Charles Strouse (late of “Marty” fame at The Huntington), lyrics by Martin Charnin and book by Thomas Meehan (who co-wrote “The Producers” with Mel Brooks), the show is ideal for the family audience.

Check for tickets at The Wang box office, 270 Tremont Street, or call Telecharge at 800-447-7400.

Remember, “Tomorrow” is only a day away.

-- OnStage Boston


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