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A Broadway musical, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and the book by Thomas Meehan. It opened at the Alvin Theatre New York on April 21, 1977, running for 2,377 performances, making it the third longest running musical of the 1970s. [1]

The original text

Based on Harold Gray's comic strip Little Orphan Annie.

Translations and adaptations

In 1982, the movie version was released starring Albert Finney, Aileen Quinn, Ann Reinking, and Carol Burnett.

Performance history in South Africa

1979: The first South African production was by Joan Brickhill starring three young girls - Ashleigh Sendin, Diane Dupont and Memory Fick – rotating the title role, Claire Johnston playing a supporting role, Joe Stewardson, Judy Page and Brickhill herself. It ran at His Majesty’s from November 1978 to March 1979.

1986: Staged by the Port Elizabeth Gilbert & Sullivan Society.

1997: Staged by the Port Elizabeth Gilbert & Sullivan Society.

1997: Presented by Cape Town Opera in July 1997, directed by David Matheson.

2010: Staged by the Cape Town Gilbert and Sullivan Society, directed by Kyla Thorburn, in the Artscape Theatre Centre.

2010: Performed at the Pemads Little Theatre , Port Elizabeth in December by **, featuring Mark Richardson (as "Oliver Warbucks")


Theatre programme, 1997.

Tucker, 1997.

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