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Annie Comes to Stephens Auditorium

Leapin’ Lizards! ANNIE, the world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form to Stephens Auditorium for two shows only, on Saturday, April 1 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Sponsored by Bankers Trust, the show is directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and 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.”

The beloved musical, celebrating 40 years on Broadway this spring, is recognized as, “One of the best family musicals ever penned.” – Chicago Tribune. “Annie delivers a tingle that starts at the spine and wends its way toward the tear ducts.” –The Washington Post. Share the feel-good story of this remarkable red head and her relentlessly optimistic pursuit of her dreams with your family.

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 40 years.

Gilgamesh Taggett stars as Oliver Warbucks. In the role of Miss Hannigan is Erin Fish.  Also starring in the tour are Casey Prins as Grace Farrell, Michael Santora as Rooster, Mallory King as Lily and Jeffrey B. Duncan as FDR.  Sunny and Macy, rescue terrier mixes, star as Sandy. The orphans are Bunny Baldwin as Molly, Jacqueline Galvano as July, Ava Slater as Kate, Amanda Swickle as Pepper, Amanda Wylie as Tessie and Katie Wylie as Duffy.

The featured ensemble includes Timothy Allen, Todd Berkich, Katie Davis, Adam du Plessis, Mia Fitzgibbon, Caroline Lellouche, Conor McGiffin, Mackenzie Perpich, Connor Simpson, David Vogel, Anastasia Wolfe and Roxy York.

For information on this performance:
Visit our website: www.center.iastate.edu

Visit their website: http://anniethemusical.com/
Iowa State Center Ticket Office – North entrance of Stephens Auditorium at the corner of Lincoln Way and Beach Ave., Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Charge by Phone: 1-800-745-3000
Online: www.ticketmaster.com

About Iowa State Center

The Iowa State Center (managed by VenuWorks) is a multi-building conference and performing arts complex.  The Center’s Stephens Auditorium, a 2,727-seat hall, hosts a dazzling array of international performances of music, theater and dance, as well as world-class orchestras, popular Broadway musicals, and explosive country and rock concerts. Fisher Theater seats 450 in an intimate setting, perfect for drama, dance and ISU theater productions. The Scheman Building, with 25 meeting rooms, two large lobbies and the 456-seat Benton Auditorium is a great meeting space for conferences, seminars and social events.

About VenuWorks

VenuWorks is a leader in venue management, providing customized solutions for multi-purpose sports, entertainment and recreation facilities, theatres and conference and convention centers throughout the country, offering full service management services including operations, event booking and marketing.  VenuWorks is headquartered in Ames, IA and was founded in 1996.  For more information, please visit www.venuworks.com.

Submitted by Iowa State Center.

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