'Life After Tomorrow' Signing to Feature Special Appearances
On March 20, join the production team and cast of Life After Tomorrow
for a discussion, performance and signing at Barnes and Noble. Life
After Tomorrow, a documentary about the trials and tribulations of
several dozen women who were on Broadway and in the road companies of
Annie, was co-directed and co-produced by Gil Cates Jr. and Annie alum Julie Stevens. Stevens
created the film after starting the website AnnieOrphans.com, which
reunited many of the former child stars. They quickly discovered a
sisterhood and many found that their post-Annie lives and experiences
could only be understood by their fellow alumni. For some, like
Broadway Annie Sarah Jessica Parker (who appears in the film) and
touring orphans Alyssa Milano and Molly Ringwald (who do not appear),
Annie was a springboard to teen and adult stardom. For others, they
found themselves overwhelmed by trying to return to the normalcy of
home and school. Over 40 women appear in the film, relaying the perks
that came with starring in a cultural phenomenon and the hard knocks of
growth spurts, stage mothers and the fear that their careers had peaked
before adolescence. The film won Best Documentary and Best Director at
the Phoenix Film Festival before debuting on Showtime on Christmas Day.
It came out on DVD on February 26, 2008.
Stevens has planned an orphan reunion to commemorate the Barnes and Noble event. Along with Stevens and special guest Charles Strouse, over twenty former Annies and orphans are expected to attend, including Martha Byrne, a former July and Annie understudy who won two Daytime Emmys for As the World Turns, original Broadway cast member Robyn Finn, and Rosanne Sorrentino and Toni Ann Gisondi from the Annie film. Also in attendance will be Emma Rowley (Gypsy) and John Bolton (Curtains).
The event is taking place at 5:30pm at the Barnes and Noble at Lincoln Triangle (located at 1972 Broadway). †