Annie was inspired by the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” by Harold Gray. The musical ran for almost six years during its initial run on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre. Annie tells the story of a young orphan living in an orphanage run by Miss Hannigan. She manages to escape from the orphanage and finds a dog, who she names Sandy. However, Miss Hannigan has sent the police after her, so she gets taken back to the orphanage. Meanwhile, a billionaire named Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks asks for an orphan to come to his house for Christmas, and since Annie is already in Miss Hannigan’s office, she is chosen. As she forms a relationship with Warbucks and his assistant Grace, they pledge to find her real parents. Calamity ensues, as hundreds of would-be parents try to claim Annie as their own for the reward offered.
In 1982, the movie version starred Carol Burnett, Tim Curry, and Bernadette Peters. A remake was also released in 1999. The most popular and well known songs for those with Annie tickets are “Tomorrow,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Little Girls” and more.