by Angela Jones, Marshall Artists Series
Broadway musical Annie returns to the Keith-Albee on Feb. 24th‏

HUNTINGTON, WV- One of the world’s best-loved musicals is back! The timeless story. The classic characters. The unforgettable songs. Annie is taking center stage at the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m. presented by Hoops Family Children’s Hospital, Reynolds and Associates, American Babbitt Bearing, Prichard Electric, Chapman Printing.

Annie returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original.

Featuring book and score by Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”

ANNIE is based on Harold Gray’s popular comic strip Little Orphan Annie. The comic strip premiered in the 1920s in the New York Daily News, and became one of the most widely read strips in the 30s and 40s. Lyricist director bought a coffee table book called “The Life and Hard Times of Little Orphan Annie” as a Christmas gift for a friend in 1970. The clerk at the bookstore was too busy to wrap the book, so Charnin took the book home to wrap it. Instead, he read it and fell in love with the strip, and set out to secure the rights, Christmas week of 1970. The friend never got the book.

Annie is a fiery, young orphan girl who lives in a miserable orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan. Her seemingly hopeless situation changes dramatically when she is selected to spend a short time at the residence of the wealthy businessman, Oliver Warbucks. Annie quickly charms the hearts of the household staff and even the seemingly cold-hearted Warbucks cannot help but to learn to love this wonderful girl. When Oliver Warbucks decides to help Annie find her long lost parents by offering a reward if they can prove their identity, Miss Hannigan and her evil friends get involved with a scheme of their own.

“An intensely likable musical! It has a rare kind of gutsy charm!” –The New York Times

“Spectacular on every count!” –Newsweek

“Big warm-hearted, funny, and overflowing!” –New York Post

Tickets are $93.95/77.90/67.20/60.78. To get tickets to see this classic show contact the Marshall Artists Series Box Office at 304-696-6656. Or order tickets online at You may also visit our box office located in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse on the Marshall University campus.  Box office hours are Monday through Friday 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

ANNIE is sponsored by Hoops Family Children’s Hospital, Reynolds and Associates, American Babbitt Bearing, Prichard Electric, Chapman Printing, Bill Cole Automall/Senator Bill Cole, Northwestern Mutual of WV, Huntington Federal, Dutch Miller Kia, Kendall York Dentistry, KEE 100, WTCR, WSAZ, The Herald Dispatch, Marshall University, and the Marshall Artists Series.