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When Annie first opened on Broadway, it created a sensation that has never stopped. The lovable redhead ragamuffin Annie left the dour overcrowded orphanage of Miss Hannigan to live in the sparkling world of Daddy Warbucks.
"Annie and Daddy Warbucks are a theatrical pair made in heaven....this production of ANNIE is as good as it gets. GO!” - Performing Arts LIVE
“Brilliantly directed by Michael Sterling, this production of ANNIE is as good as it gets. Annie, played by 11 year old Emma Howard is a true standout and should be on Broadway in this role. She will most certainly have a big theatrical career ahead of her if she so chooses. Peter Husmann stars as Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks and is the other standout in the cast. The actors playing Annie and Daddy Warbucks are a theatrical pair made in heaven. It seems real. The rest of the cast, the sets, costumes and technical aspects of the show are all top shelf. Even if you have seen ANNIE before, this production will not disappoint you. It is most definitely one of our FEATURED events. GO!” - Performing Arts LIVE
Hear showstoppers like “Tomorrow”, “Easy Street” and many more. Bring the family!
The timeless tale of Little Orphan Annie will come to life at the Glendale Centre Theatre in Glendale, CA for 30 performances May 17 through June 30, 2012.
Concurrent with Annie celebrating its 35th anniversary this year as America’s most beloved musical, the Glendale Centre Theatre (GCT) also celebrates its 65th year as the oldest, continuously operating theatre in the United States.
With music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and a book by Thomas Meehan, longtime San Fernando Valley resident, internet television and radio personality, live music producer/director and public relations veteran Michael Sterling... who first introduced musicals to the almost 400 seat, theatre-in-the-round over 30 years ago... returns to the GCT to direct Annie. Sterling is joined by GCT award-winning, resident musical director and Ovation Award nominee Steven Applegate film/television/concert/theatre, video producer, and choreographer/dancer Jerry Evans Assistant Choreographer Jackie Evans Broadway costumer Angela Wood (Glendale Costumes) and GCT Producers Tim Dietlein and Brenda Dietlein. Nathan J. Milisavljevich (Sound Design), Caitlin Barbieri (Stage Manager) and Tim Dietlein (Set Design and Lighting Design), round out the creative team.
Boasting one of the Great White Way’s most memorable scores, including “It’s the Hard-Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “N.Y.C.,” You’re Never Fully Dressed without a Smile,” and the ever optimistic “Tomorrow,” you can bet your bottom dollar that Annie will delight audiences of all ages.
Eleven year old Santa Clarita Valley resident Emma Howard will star in the title role of Annie. At the time of her audition for the GCT, it was unbeknownst to the creative team that the talented youngster had recently returned from New York where, after auditioning over 5,000 hopefuls in an intense nationwide search led by Telsey + Company, Broadway’s
leading casting directors, Tony Award winning director James Lapine, and Tony Award-winning Choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, Miss Howard was one of 7 finalists in contention to play the role of “Annie” in the upcoming 2012 Broadway fall revival of the world renowned musical.
GCT favorite Peter Husmann stars as Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks. Dynell Leigh co-stars as Miss Hannigan, along with Heather Dudenbostel as Grace Farrell, Clayton Ferris as Rooster Hannigan, Christa Hamilton as Lily St. Regis, Don Woodruff as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Robert Decker as Bert Healy, and Kyle D. Kelley as Drake. Asia Aragon (Pepper), Brooke Boyd (Kate), Bella Briscoe (Duffy), Leah Schraff (Molly), Lucy Taylor (July) and Kate West (Tessie) portray the orphans. Shannon Cooper, Laurie Fedor, Kevin Holmquist, Nick Mizrahi, Bridget Pugliese, Rebecca Thomas, Robert Thomas, Amy Lyn Thompson, and Paul Reid comprise the ensemble... with special guest “Copper” (Thomas) appearing as “Sandy”.
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM:
MICHAEL STERLING – (Director) - During his career with the world renowned Beverly Hills public relations firm Rogers & Cowan, Inc. and his own publicity/production company Michael Sterling & Associates (MS&A), Mr. Sterling’s clients have included such icons as Elizabeth Taylor, Lance Armstrong, Scott Hamilton, Robert Goulet, Joan Collins, George Harrison, the Bee Gees, Andy Gibb, Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager, Joan Rivers, Ann-Margret, Ray Price, Jim Croce, Mama Cass Elliot, and Donny and Marie Osmond and the Osmond Brothers... to name but a few. He has also represented numerous theatre productions including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Andy Gibb on Broadway, the 30th Anniversary U.S. National Tour of The Fantasticks starring Robert Goulet Anything Goes starring Mitzi Gaynor, proscenium theatre tours of Broadway on Ice starring Scott Hamilton and Dorothy Hamill, Concert on Ice starring Dorothy Hamill, Festival on Ice starring Scott Hamilton, Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner, 8 U.S. touring seasons of Scott Hamilton’s Stars on Ice, 3 U.S. touring seasons of The Magic of David Copperfield, and choice theatre in Los Angeles for the last 22 years. Between June 9, 2006 and March 18, 2012, Mr. Sterling produced Sterling’s Upstairs at Vitello’s in Studio City, CA. Dedicated to presenting the best of Broadway musical theatre performers in concert, the chic supper club was the most award-winning, critically acclaimed such venue in the greater Los Angeles area. Due to the increasing popularity of Sterling’s Upstairs, he moved his productions to the beautiful, all-new, technically dazzling Sterling’s Upstairs at The Federal on April 1, 2012 in North Hollywood’s trendy NoHo Arts District. In October, 2009, Sterling created an alliance with Broadway World.com TV to co-produce and host television packages about select Los Angeles theatre. In May, 2010, he created State of the Arts, a radio series broadcast by LA Talk Radio.com, one of the World Wide Web’s most successful and innovative radio networks. Presented by Breakdown Services and Performing Arts Live, State of the Arts has become a nationally popular weekly series co-produced and co-hosted by Sterling and television, film, and stage actor Paul Stroili. Before establishing MS&A in 1980, Sterling introduced musical theatre to the Glendale Centre Theatre by writing and directing From Broadway with Love, a musical revue of the works of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Jule Styne and Cy Coleman. The overwhelming success of the show was the catalyst for Mr. Sterling’s presentation of The Sound of Music at the GCT, thus becoming their first ever musical theatre production (which he also directed for the GCT in 2006). www.msapr.net
STEVEN APPLEGATE (Musical Director) - has worked in almost every theatre and concert hall in the Los Angeles area, as well as numerous concert venues throughout the U.S. and
Europe. He has guest conducted for the Dallas and Denver Symphony Orchestras in concert with singer John Raitt and has worked with Christine Aguilera, Sandy Duncan, Cybil Shephard, Maureen McGovern, Sally Struthers, Adrianne Barbeau, Jack Jones, Alexis Gershwin, Frank Gorshin, Lorna Luft, and Christine Ebersole… to name but a few. The Award-winning maestro’s musical theatre credits include Godspell, The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret, Showboat, The Secret Garden, 42nd St., Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Kiss Me Kate, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Little Shop Of Horrors, Jekyll and Hyde (LA Ovation Award Nominee), Candide, Rags, Forever Plaid, Camelot, West Side Story, Big River, Hello Dolly, Footloose, Phantom and Fiddler on the Roof.
JERRY EVANS (Choreographer) has worked as a dancer, choreographer and director for over 28 years. The beginning of his career was highlighted by dancing in a Mikhail Baryshnikov television special. Today, Mr. Evans can proudly boast about having worked on every major awards show, every television network, and in every medium in which a dancer can work. With a successful professional dance career as his foundation, Evans then launched a stunning career in choreography that has been more than two decades in the making. Having choreographed numerous, consecutive world tours for such artists as Reba McIntyre, Paula Abdul, and Chayanne, Mr. Evans has earned industry-wide respect. With more than 20 feature films, 15 music videos, and 50 commercials to his choreography credentials, Evans’ reputation as the “commercial king” precedes him throughout the entertainment industry. In recognition of his achievements and contributions in dance, choreography, and production, he has been honored with numerous, major industry and peer awards alike. In more recent years, Mr. Evans assembled a comprehensive knowledge of film and television camera directing, based on his years of choreographic experience. Whether on a set that requires single or multiple camera direction, Evans is known for bringing his wealth of experience in film, commercials and episodic television, music videos and live stage … to any production. He is also the founder of the JLE Media Group Inc. which specializes in hi-definition video production from conception to post-production. www.jlemediagroup.com
ANGELA WOOD (Costume Design) – Having received her degree in Costume Design from Pittsburgh’s Point Park College, the award-winning Angela Wood has been an integral staff member at the Glendale Centre Theatre’s Costume Shoppe since 2005. GCT credits include Phantom, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Singin’ in The Rain, Footloose, Kiss Me Kate, The Will Rogers Follies, Beauty and the Beast, and six productions of the GCT’s annual holiday classic A Christmas Carol. In addition to GCT’s main stage shows, Ms. Wood has designed costumes for the theatre’s Saturday afternoon children's productions, as well as their educational program Shakespeare Live! In 2010, Miss Wood joined forces with Costum Designer Ann Closs-Farley on the Broadway Production of Pee Wee's Playhouse. In doing so, she built the new “Miss Yvonne” character dress. Ms. Wood was also cited with a Best of 2009/2010 Award last year by Steven Stanley of Stage Scene LA for her work at the GCT.
TIM DIETLEIN AND BRENDA DIETLEIN (Executive Producers/Artistic Directors) - Born into the Hale/Dietlein family, owners and operators of the highly successful Glendale Centre, Tim Dietlein joined his family in 1982 as Associate Producer for the Glendale Centre Theatre (GCT). Since that time, he has not only assisted in creating the GCT’s highly successful children’s theatre program, but continued the innovative growth and success of the GCT. In 1994, Mr. Dietlein became Executive Producer and Artistic Director of the Glendale Centre Theatre and continues to produce, direct, act, and write plays for the nearly 400 seat theatre in-the-round. Wife and full time mother Brenda Dietlein also serves as Executive Producer and shares all theatrical responsibilities with her husband.
THE HISTORY OF ANNIE:
Inspired by Harold Gray's Little Orphan Annie comic strip (which premiered on August 5, 1924 in the New York Daily News), the musical is true to the heart of its namesake, a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss (Agnes) Hannigan. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and finds a new family and home in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
The original production of Annie began at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut on August 10, 1976 before moving to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and then to New York for its critically acclaimed premiere on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre on April 21, 1977. Andrea McArdle starred as “Annie” with Reid Shelton as Daddy Warbucks and Dorothy Louden as Hannigan. Not only was Annie an overwhelming, overnight success, but it went on to win 7 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Book, and Score, and ran for 2,377 performances, making it one of the top 25 longest running shows in Broadway history.
Between its Broadway opening and closing (January 2, 1983), the show also played the ANTA (American National Theatre and Academy) Playhouse, the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, and the Uris Theatre. Annie enjoyed a 20 year revival production March 26 – October 19, 1997 for which it received another Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. A film adaptation of the musical followed in 1982 starring Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters and Aileen Quinn, and was nominated for two Academy Awards. The show was also filmed for television in 1999 with a cast led by Kathy Bates, Victor Garber, Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth.
And, as history will soon have it, Annie returns to Broadway this fall for its 35th anniversary production.
PERFORMANCE DATES, TIMES, AND TICKET INFORMATION:
Performances of Annie at the Glendale Centre Theatre will be presented May 17 through June 30th, Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm with Saturday matinees at 3:00 pm. Sunday Matinees will also be presented at 3:00 pm on May 27th and June 3rd only. Tickets range in price between $22.00 and $28.00, pending the date and time of the performance. Select discount rates are available for seniors (62+) and children (under 14), and for groups of 15 or more. All shows feature open seating except on “Reserved Seating Fridays.” All shows and prices are subject to change without notice.
Ticket purchases may be made online at www.glendalecentretheatre.com, or by calling (818) 244-8481. Box Office hours are Monday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Glendale Centre Theatre is located at 324 N. Orange St., Glendale, CA 91203. Public parking lots are located in the immediate area of the theatre. Ample street parking is also available.
Presenter / Producer: Glendale Centre Theatre
Theater > Musicals
Event Phone: 818-244-8481
Glendale Centre Theatre
324 North Orange Street
Glendale CA 91203
North Hollywood /Burbank / Glendale
Performance Dates: 5/17/2012 - 6/30/2012
Evenings: 8:00 p.m.
Matinees: 3:00 p.m.
Thurs. Eve, Sat. & Sun. Matinees: $25.00
Friday & Saturday Eve: $28.00
Senior Pricing (Thurs. Eve, Sat & Sun Matinees): $22.00
Studen Pricing (Fri. Eve): $22.00
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