Telsey + Co., casting office for the new Broadway production of ANNIE, will hold an open call in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 26, for girls ages 6-12 to audition for the roles of Annie and the orphans. ANNIE, directed by Tony Award-winner James Lapine, will open in fall 2012 at a Nederlander theatre to be announced.
“So far, over 4,000 incredibly talented girls have auditioned for the roles of Annie and the orphans, through open calls and video submissions through our website,” commented Arielle Tepper Madover. “As we continue the process of finding Annie and the orphans for this new production, we are holding additional open calls, to make sure we’re seeing every possible candidate for the role. We look forward to returning to Los Angeles and can’t wait to see who we find there.”
Auditions will be held from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday, February 26 at the Los Angeles Ballet Center, 11755 Exposition Blvd. in Los Angeles. Check-in time is 9:00 AM. Free street parking is available nearby. Auditioners should be prepared to sing a song acapella and should also bring sheet music, in case they are asked to sing with accompaniment. Please do not prepare music from the show. Additional details about the auditions are available at www.anniethemusical.com.
For those unable to audition in person, a taped audition can be submitted through the show’s website, www.anniethemusical.com, through Sunday, March 11.
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.
ANNIE will be produced on Broadway by Arielle Tepper Madover, Roger Horchow, Sally Horchow, Jane Bergère, Roger Berlind, Debbie Bisno, Roy Furman, Stacey Mindich, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Daryl Roth in association with Christina Papagjika/Eva Price.
The original production of ANNIE opened April 21, 1977 at the Alvin Theatre and went on to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, seven Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the Grammy for Best Cast Show Album and seven Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Best Book (Thomas Meehan) and Best Score (Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin). The show was one of the biggest Broadway musical hits of the 1970s, running for almost six years and playing 2,377 performances.
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”.