Playbill Vault Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Goodspeed Opera House

By Brynn Cox
20 Jun 2013


In 1976, Goodspeed premiered the new musical Annie, inspired by the Depression-era comic strip "Little Orphan Annie." Following revisions from its regional run, the musical opened on Broadway on April 21, 1977, to warm reviews. Critic Clive Barnes called it "an intensely likable musical" with "a rare kind of gutsy charm."

Andrea McArdle and Reid Shelton earned Tony nominations for their performances as Annie and Daddy Warbucks, and Dorothy Loudon won for her portrayal of Miss Hannigan. The production earned seven Tonys, including Best Musical of 1977.

The musical has remained a perennial presence in regional and Broadway theatre. The second Broadway revival is now playing at the Palace Theatre starring Lilla Crawford and Jane Lynch.

Read a Playbill from the original production of Annie here.