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Little Orphan Annie

Updated on September 22, 2014

Little Orphan Annie

Little Orphan Annie, or Annie Medley, is the main character in the musical Annie. Other characters include Daddy Warbucks, the man who selects Annie to stay at his home and Miss Hannigan who runs the awful orphanage.

Eleven-year-old Annie is in an orphanage, presided over by Miss Hannigan, who keeps the little girl orphans in line by bullying and threatening them. The girls are ever hopeful that they will find parents and happiness ("Maybe") while Miss Hannigan is unhappy with her situation. Annie decides to escape to find her parents, running into a friendly dog (Sandy) ("Tomorrow") and the people made homeless because of the Great Depression ("Hooverville"). However, she is returned to the orphanage. Grace Farrell, Warbucks' assistant, picks her to live in Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks' palatial home for the Christmas holidays ("I Think I'm Gonna Like it Here").

Although initially uncomfortable with each other, Annie and Daddy Warbucks soon come to love each other (You Won't Be An Orphan For Long). Warbucks wants to adopt her, but Annie insists that her parents will come for her. Over the radio show of Bert Healy, and with the help of President and Mrs. Roosevelt, Warbucks offers a reward for the parents ("You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile"). Miss Hannigan and her brother, Rooster, and his slightly ditzy girlfriend, Lily St. Regis, scheme to pretend to be the parents and collect the reward ("Easy Street"). When they are found out, it is revealed that Annie's parents have died. Warbucks and Annie become a family ("I Don't Need Anything But You").

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Alpo was rubbed on Aileen Quinn's (the girl who played Annie) face in order to make "Sandy" kiss her in the original musical.

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Little Orphan Annie Costume

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BdayParties Little Orphan Annie Dress Costume Child, X-Large 8-10 NIP, Red
BdayParties Little Orphan Annie Dress Costume Child, X-Large 8-10 NIP, Red

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Little Orphan Annie 13-pieces Porcelain Tea Set

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Annie the musical created several popular songs that are now even being translated into current Ghetto versions such as Jay-Z's Hard-Knock Life, which has mature content (foul language), however, the clean version is listed below. Also, the ever popular song Tomorrow and the rest of the songs from the musical are available on a variety of Broadway CD's.

Vol. 2, Hard Knock Life [Edited Version]
Vol. 2, Hard Knock Life [Edited Version]

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Annie (1977 Original Broadway Cast)
Annie (1977 Original Broadway Cast)

The original Broadway cast recording of Annie still has as much charm as it did in 1977. Charles Strouse wrote the snappy music and Martin Charnin's clever lyrics capture the misery of the Great Depression, the glitter of the upper-crust life, and the character of the FDR administration. Andrea McArdle shines in the title role, most notably with the classic anthem "Tomorrow," while Tony-winner Dorothy Loudon and Reid Shelton provide support as the hag Miss Hannigan and the benevolent Daddy Warbu...

The Best of Broadway - The American Musical (PBS Series)
The Best of Broadway - The American Musical (PBS Series)

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      My favorite numbers of this musical are "Maybe", "Tomorrow" and "I Think I'm Gonna Like it Here".

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I've always loved this musical. My favorite numbers are "Maybe" and "I Think I'm Gonna Like it Here". Thanks for sharing.

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      brynimagire 5 years ago

      You are awesome lensmaster. Thanks !

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      SophiaStar LM 6 years ago

      A classic musical. Am actually starring in it right now as Grace Farrell and I choreographed the orphan scenes:) for our community theatre. Great show! Also I love the old books a great idea for a gift to the director!

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      LoneMeadowLark 6 years ago

      I was in a community theatre production a couple of years back of ANNIE! (I was Mrs. Pugh and Frances Perkins.) My daughter still sings the songs because she was so used to hearing me practicing around the house!

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      HalloweenRecipes 6 years ago

      Nice Lens! My daughter had a Annie dress and she wore it constantly while singing Tomorrow. We were all so sick of that song, but we never let on to her!

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      christopherwell 6 years ago

      I was in a high school production of ANNIE. (I played FDR.) Good times!

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      anaamhussain 6 years ago

      Sounds wonderful! :)

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      avgsuperheroine 6 years ago

      I played Lily St. Regis in our community theatre production, it was one of the best casts I've ever gotten to work with. We played "I don't need anything but you" as our wedding recessional.

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      Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I've only ever seen the movie with Albert Finney. I'd love to see it in the theatre.

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      scar4 7 years ago

      Musical Annie sounds like fascinating.

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      Heidi 8 years ago from Benson, IL

      Oh man, I loved Annie when I was little! I even had a doll that I named Annie. Unfortunately, I only saw the movie version but I would so love to see the Broadway version sometime!