Lilla Crawford and Sunny in <i>Annie</i> at the Palace Theatre.
Lilla Crawford and Sunny in Annie at the Palace Theatre.
(© Joan Marcus)
The Broadway musical Annie has announced plans to participate in today's "World Book Night" by handing out a free paperback book, courtesy of World Book Night, to each audience member. The books are to be passed on to a reluctant reader or a reader in need.

The books given out at this evening's performance will be the 30 books selected by WBN for 2013. They will include The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, Looking for Alaska by John Green, and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.

World Book Night is an annual campaign that takes place in cities across the U.S. This year 25,000 volunteers have been enlisted to go into their communities and personally hand out specially printed copies of this year's books to those without the access to printed books. The event is also celebrated in the U.K., Ireland, and Germany.

Annie, which plays the Palace Theatre, is directed by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner James Lapine (Sondheim on Sondheim). 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.

For more information and tickets to Annie, click here.