Annie: Jenni Barber to play Grace Farrell
Jenni Barber, who recently starred on Broadway alongside Nathan Lane in 'The Nance,' will play 'Grace Farrell' in the Broadway revival of Annie from 20 Aug 2013. Barber assumes the role from original cast member Brynn O'Malley who will play her final performance on 18 Aug 2013.
O'Malley is temporarily leaving the show to star in the Broadway tryout of Jason Robert Brown's musical 'Honeymoon in Vegas,' playing at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey from 26 Sep - 27 Oct 2013. O'Malley is expected to return to the role of 'Grace Farrell' on 05 Nov 2013.
Annie opened at the Palace Theatre on 8 Nov 2012, following previews from 3 Oct 2012, where it is currently booking through to 05 Jan 2014.
The musical opened to excellent reviews: Simply a sweet, sweet show (newyorktheatreguide); Enjoyable (NYDN); There's a lot to love (NYP); Crisp, colorful, shiny-bright production loaded with theatrical energy (Record).
Directed by three-time Tony Award winner James Lapine ('The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,' 'Passion,' 'Falsettos') and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (In the Heights), Annie features music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and book by Thomas Meehan, based on the newspaper character "Little Orphan Annie" by Harold Gray.
The musical tells the story of orphan Annie, a girl whose optimism knows no bounds. Annie lives in an orphanage looked after by the cruel Miss Hannigan, but her life changes when she is selected to spend time in the house of wealthy industrialist Oliver Warbucks.
The 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 show currently stars Taylor Richardson and Sadie Sink who alternate the title role of Annie. Each young actress will also alternate the role of 'Duffy' when not starring as 'Annie.'
The principal cast also features Tony Award winner Faith Prince as 'Miss Hannigan,' Anthony Warlow as 'Daddy Warbucks,' Brynn O'Malley as 'Grace Farrell,' Clarke Thorell as 'Rooster Hannigan' and J. Elaine Marcos as 'Lily St. Regis.'
The Orphans are played by Amaya Braganza (July), Gaby Bradbury (Pepper), Tyrah Skye Odoms (Tessie), Emily Rosenfeld (Molly) and Brooklyn Shuck (Kate).
The design team includes scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Donald Holder and sound design by Brian Ronan.
The musical is produced on Broadway by Arielle Tepper Madover, Roger Horchow, Sally Horchow, Roger Berlind, Roy Furman, Debbie Bisno, Stacey Mindich, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Daryl Roth/Jane Bergère and Eva Price/Christina Papagjika.Jenni Barber
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