The Sun’ll Come Out in Fayetteville: Watch ‘Annie’ at Walton Arts Center


Walton Arts Center is proud to announce that the new U.S. National Tour of Annie will play Tuesday, Nov. 24 through Sunday, Nov. 29, excluding Thanksgiving Day.


Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 19th time, this production of Annie is a brand new physical incarnation of the iconic Tony Award-winning original. 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 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.


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.” The celebrated design team includes scenic design by Tony Award winner Beowulf Boritt (Act One, The Scottsboro Boys, Rock of Ages) and the tour is produced by TROIKA Entertainment, LLC.


This brand new production features a 25-member company: in the lead role of Annie is Issie Swickle, a 10-year-old actress from Davie, FL, making her tour debut. Sunny, a 5-year-old rescue terrier mix, stars as Sandy. Gilgamesh Taggett will star as Oliver Warbucks. In the role of Miss Hannigan is Lynn Andrews.

Single tickets are on sale now with prices ranging from $30 to $74. Tickets can be purchased by calling Walton Arts Center’s Box Office at 479-443-5600 or by visiting Follow Annie the Musical on Facebook and Twitter!

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