Theater: Beloved (by some) ‘Annie’ revived at Berkeley Playhouse

Whether you can’t get enough of the peppy ditties by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin or they set your teeth on edge, there’s no denying that “Annie” is a phenomenon. The Tony Award-winning 1977 musical remains popular, outlasting the comic strip on which it was based, “Little Orphan Annie,” which ended in 2010 after an 86-year run.

The popularity of “Annie” is even more impressive because there haven’t been many successful musicals based on comic strips. Sure, there’s always “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” but the “Li’l Abner” and “Doonesbury” musicals are long forgotten (as is the “Annie” creative team’s failed sequel, “Annie Warbucks”).

Berkeley Playhouse’s 2011 production of “Annie” was one of the most popular productions in the company’s history, so for its 10th anniversary season the theater brings the indomitable little redhead out of the orphanage again with an all-new production starring three different young actresses as Annie. It just goes to show, for this chipper holiday favorite there’ll always be a “Tomorrow.”

Details: Nov. 10-Dec. 23, Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Avenue, Berkeley; $22-$40; 510-845-8542, www.berkeleyplayhouse.org

Source:: East Bay – Entertainment

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