Annie comes to PPAC

A NEW “ANNIE” FOR PROVIDENCE at the Providence Performing Arts Center December 29, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Sponsored by Navigant Credit Union 

Family Night pricing available for December 30 and December 31 performances

Providence, RI - Now in its second smash year, with close to 400 blockbusting performances under her belt, this production of ANNIE, a new incarnation of the 1977 Tony Award®-winning original, continues to be met with standing ovations and effusive reviews! Variety says, “ANNIE’s charm endures,” and the Philadelphia Inquirer says ANNIE “shines like the top of the Chrysler building.” 

After touring the production to 41 cities across the nation, Troika Entertainment, LLC is pleased to announce select new lead cast members for the 2016 leg of the tour, starting in Providence at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC), Tuesday, December 29, 2015 – Sunday, January 3, 2016. 

Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the nineteenth time, the new production features a 25 member company: newly cast in the title role of Annie is Heidi Gray, an 11-year- old actress from the Augusta, GA area, making her tour debut.   Also new to the Orphanage are Sage Bentley as Tessie, Bridget Carly Marsh as July, Annabelle Wachtel as Molly and Casey Watkins as Duffy.  They join Molly Rose Meredith as Pepper and Emily Moreland as Kate.  Chloe Tiso joins the company as Grace Farrell.

Continuing to star in the company are Gilgamesh Taggett as Oliver Warbucks, Lynn Andrews as Miss Hannigan, Garrett Deagon as Rooster, Lucy Werner as Lily and Jeffrey B. Duncan as FDR. Sunny and Macy, rescue terrier mixes, star as Sandy.

The  featured  ensemble  includes  Chelsey  Lynn  Alfredo,  Jonathan  Cobrda,  Ruby  Day,  Todd
Fenstermaker, Madisen Johnson, Brianne Kennedy, Tyler Lenhart, Brendan Malafronte, Theresa Rowley, Kelsey Shaw, Connor Simpson and Daniel Forest Sullivan.

In Providence, ANNIE is sponsored by Navigant Credit Union and is part of the Encore Series. 

Tickets for ANNIE start at $52; all    ticket prices include a $3 per ticket restoration charge and are subject to change without notice. Tickets are available at the PPAC Box Office (220 Weybosset Street in downtown Providence), online at and by phone at (401) 421-ARTS (2787). Box Office Hours are Monday through Friday, 10A to 5P; Saturday, 10A to 2P and two hours prior to curtain times on performance days. 

Family Night pricing is available for the following performances of ANNIE: Wednesday, December 30 at 7P and Thursday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve) at 5P. Patrons can buy ONE regularly-priced ticket and receive a complimentary ticket of equal value for a child aged 18 or younger. This offer is for selected locations only and Golden Circle seating is excluded. Please call the PPAC Box Office at (401) 421-ARTS (2787) for more information and to order. ABC 6 and Coast 93.3 are Family Night media sponsors. 

ANNIE has a book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin. All three authors received 1977 Tony Awards® for their work.  Choreography is by Liza Gennaro, who will incorporate selections from her father Peter Gennaro’s 1977 Tony Award®- winning choreography.

The celebrated design team includes scenic design by Tony Award® winner Beowulf Boritt (Act One, The Scottsboro Boys, Rock of Ages), costume design by Costume Designer’s Guild Award winner Suzy Benzinger (Blue Jasmine, Movin’ Out, Miss Saigon), lighting design by Tony Award® winner Ken Billington (Chicago, Annie, White Christmas) and sound design by Tony Award® nominee Peter Hylenksi (Rocky, Bullets Over Broadway, Motown). The lovable mutt “Sandy” is once again trained by Tony Award® Honoree William Berloni (Annie, A Christmas Story, Legally Blonde).  Musical supervision and additional orchestrations are by Keith Levenson (Annie, She Loves Me, Dreamgirls). Casting is by Joy Dewing CSA, Joy Dewing Casting (Soul Doctor, Wonderland, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat).

The original production of ANNIE opened April 21, 1977 at the Alvin Theatre and went on to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, seven Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the Grammy for Best Cast Show Album and seven Tony Awards®, including Best Musical,   Best   Book   (Thomas  Meehan)   and   Best   Score   (Charles  Strouse,  Martin Charnin).  The show remains one of the biggest Broadway musical hits ever.  It ran for 2,377 performances after it first opened, and has been performed in 28 languages and has been running somewhere around the world for 37 years.

The beloved score for ANNIE includes “Maybe,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”

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