Her strip canceled, Little Orphan Annie heads back to Broadway
The sun may be setting on her comic strip, but Little Orphan Annie will rise again in fall 2012 — on Broadway.
The Associated Press reports that producer Arielle Tepper Madover (Hair, Frost/Nixon) has acquired the rights to mount a revival of Annie, the award-winning musical that debuted in 1977 on Broadway.
The adaptation of Harold Gray’s comic strip was transformed into a feature film in 1982 and a TV movie in 1999. With music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and book by Thomas Meehan, Annie features such well-known songs as “Tomorrow” and “It’s the Hard Knock Life.”
Tribune Media Services announced last month that Sunday will mark the final installment of Little Orphan Annie. The strip, which debuted on Aug. 5, 1924, once appeared in hundreds of newspapers. Now it runs in fewer than 20.