Brynn O'Malley, Clarke Thorell, J. Elaine Marcos Join Cast of Broadway's ANNIE!
ANNIE, the new production of the classic Tony Award®-winning musical, goes on sale today to American Express cardholders. For tickets, call 877-250-2929 or visit Ticketmaster.com. Tickets will be available to the general public on Monday, June 25.
ANNIE will star two-time Tony Award® winner Katie Finneran as Miss Hannigan, Australian star Anthony Warlow making his Broadway debut as Daddy Warbucks and 11-year-old Lilla Crawford as Annie, with just-announced Brynn O'Malley (Wicked, Hairspray) as Grace Farrell, Daddy Warbucks' devoted personal secretary, Clarke Thorell (Hairspray, Mamma Mia!) as Rooster Hannigan, Miss Hannigan's ne'er-do-well brother and J. Elaine Marcos (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, A Chorus Line) as Lily St. Regis, Rooster's floozy girlfriend. The orphans are Madi Rae DiPietro as July, Georgi James as Pepper, Junah Jang as Tessie, Tyrah Skye Odoms as Kate, Taylor Richardson as Duffy, Emily Rosenfeld as Molly and Jaidyn Young as standby for the roles of Annie, Pepper, Duffy and July. The production also features Ashley Blanchet, Jane Blass, Jeremy Davis, Merwin Foard, Joel Hatch, Fred Inkley, Amanda Lea LaVergne, Gavin Lodge, Liz McCartney, Desi Oakley, Keven Quillon, David Rossetti, Sarah Solie, Dennis Stowe and Ryan VanDenBoom.
ANNIE, which features the Tony Award®-winning score by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin and the Tony Award®-winning book by Thomas Meehan, will be directed by three-time Tony Award®-winner James Lapine and choreographed by Tony Award®-winner Andy Blankenbuehler. The production begins previews on October 3 at the Palace Theatre (1567 Broadway at 47th Street). Opening night is Thursday, November 8.
Anthony Warlow is appearing with the permission of Actors' Equity Association. The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors' Equity Association for its assistance with this production.
Brynn O'Malley (Grace Farrell) Broadway credits include Wicked (Nessarose), Sunday in the Park with George (Celeste 1 & Elaine (original cast)), Hairspray (Amber Von Tussle), Beauty & the Beast (Belle u/s). Regional highlights include: Avenue Q ("Kate Monster/Lucy T. Slut" (original cast), Wynn Las Vegas); Boeing-Boeing, Oklahoma! and Meet Me In St. Louis ("Gabriella", "Laurey" and "Esther" respectively, Paper Mill Playhouse); She Loves Me ("Amalia", Arena Stage – Helen Hayes nomination); Arsenic and Old Lace ("Elaine", Baltimore Centerstage); Into the Woods ("Baker's Wife", Kansas City Rep); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels ("Christine", North Shore Music Theatre); Into the Woods and Jekyll & Hyde ("Baker's Wife" and "Emma" respectively, Pittsburgh CLO); Meet Me In St. Louis ("Esther", St. Louis MUNY); The Full Monty and All Shook Up ("Pam Lukowski" and "Miss Sandra" respectively, Music Theatre of Wichita). Television: "The Big C," "Royal Pains" and "A Gifted Man". Concerts with the Naples, Baltimore and Ottawa Symphonies. BFA University of Michigan.
Clarke Thorell (Rooster Hannigan) most recently played the role of Gus Esmond in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes for Encores! A San Diego native, Clarke made his Broadway debut in The Who's Tommy, directed by Des McAnuff. He originated the roles of Corny Collins in the Broadway company of Hairspray and Jim Farrell in Titanic. He pinch-hit for John Pizzarelli at Radio City Music Hall in Sinatra: His Voice. His World. His Way, and last year stepped into the long-running Mamma Mia! as Harry Bright. Other credits include Orsino in Twelfth Night, directed by Jack O'Brien, Homer in Floyd Collins directed by Tina Landau, Satellites at The Public Theater, Sondheim's Saturday Night, Wise Guys, directed by Sam Mendes, Lone Star Love & Catch Me If You Can. Film/TV: the newly released Men in Black III, "30 Rock" (Meet The Woggels), "NYC 2-2," The Winning Season, with Sam Rockwell, "Kings," "Rescue Me," "Law & Order - SVU," "Strong Medicine," "Ed," "Far East" and "The Sopranos." Portraying Andy Williams, Mr. Thorell toured the globe with Liza Minnelli, recreating the 1948 nightclub act made famous by Kay Thompson & the Williams Brothers. As a vocalist, Mr. Thorell has performed with artists including ABBA, The Red Clay Ramblers, Dave Brubeck and Pete Townshend and is a proud member of Michael McElroy's Broadway Inspirational Voices.
J. Elaine Marcos (Lily St. Regis) was most recently seen as Cynthia in the Broadway company of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Previous Broadway credits include A Chorus Line, The Wedding Singer, Sweet Charity, Wonderful Town, Flower Drum Song, Miss Saigon. Film credits include Morning Glory as Lisa Bartlett, Farm Girl in New York, Ana Smile (dir. Matthew Bonifacio) and featured in the documentary Every Little Step. Favorite TV credits include "I Just Want My Pants Back," "30 Rock," "Royal Pains," "Rescue Me". www.jelainemarcos.com
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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 new production of ANNIE is directed by three-time Tony Award®-winner James Lapine and choreographed by Tony Award®-winner Andy Blankenbuehler.
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".
The creative team includes scenic design by Drama Desk Award-winner David Korins, costume design by Tony Award-winner Susan Hilferty, lighting design by two-time Tony Award-winner Donald Holder and sound design by Tony Award-winner Brian Ronan. Projection design is by Wendall K. Harrington. Music director is Todd Ellison. Orchestrations are by Michael Starobin. Dance music arrangements are by Alex Lacamoire. Musical coordinator is Patrick Vaccariello. Hair and wig design is by Tom Watson. Casting is by Telsey + Company. Animal training is by Tony Award®-winner William Berloni.
ANNIE will be produced on Broadway by Arielle Tepper Madover, Roger Horchow, Sally Horchow, Roger Berlind, Roy Furman, Debbie Bisno, Stacey Mindich, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Jane Bergère/Daryl Roth and Eva Price/Christina Papagjika.