Over 2,500 students from the New York City Public School System will visit the current Broadway revival of Annie on Thursday, January 24 as part of the Inside Broadway organization's ‘Creating the Magic' program.
Guided by theater professionals, the students will receive a special, behind-the-scenes look at the world of Broadway, from scenic, lighting, and sound demonstrations to performances from cast members, as well as a question-and-answer session. For many of the students involved, it will be their first time visiting a Broadway show.
The current Broadway revival of Annie, which opened at the Palace Theatre on November 8, celebrates the classic, Tony Award-winning musical's 35th anniversary. Directed by Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winner James Lapine (Sunday in the Park with George), the show is based on the Little Orphan Annie comic strip by Harold Gray, and features music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and a book by Thomas Meehan. The cast of the production is led by 11-year-old Lilla Crawford (Billy Elliot) in the title role, two-time Tony Award winner Katie Finneran (Noises Off) as Miss Hannigan, and Australian musical theater legend Anthony Warlow (Phantom of the Opera) as Oliver Warbucks.
Founded in 1982 by Michael Presser, Inside Broadway is an organization which aims to pass down the legacy of the American musical to today's youth, so that the genre continues to prosper. Each year, the company reaches 30,000 students in New York City's public school system, providing them with the opportunity to connect with theater professionals and experience theater in the classroom. Inside Broadway programs are funded by many governmental and individual foundations, including the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York City Council, and the New York City Department of Education.