Lilla Crawford
Lilla Crawford
Lilla Crawford will play the title role in the new Broadway production of Annie, slated to begin performances in the fall of 2012. James Lapine will direct the production, which will have choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler.

Crawford made her Broadway debut in 2011, playing Debbie in Billy Elliot. Among her other theater credits are a workshop production of Craig Wright's Melissa Arctic and numerous shows with YADA (Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts) in her native Los Angeles.

Annie features music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and book by Thomas Meehan, and is based on the newspaper character "Little Orphan Annie" by Harold Gray. The score 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 "Tomorrow."

The production will feature, as previously announced, scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Donald Holder and sound design by Brian Ronan. Music director is Todd Ellison. Hair and wig design is by Tom Watson. Animal training is by Tony Award-winner William Berloni.

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