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Neshaminy Valley Music Theatre presents ‘Annie’

Neshaminy Valley Music Theatre presents its 64th annual production, Annie, on March 27th, 28th, 29th, April 3rd and 4th at Neshaminy High School Auditorium, 2001 Old Lincoln Highway in Langhorne.

Friday performances are at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 3:00 and 8:00pm, and Sunday at 3:00pm.

The production will be directed and choreographed by Barrymore Award-nominated director/choreographer Stephen Casey.

The Tony Award-winning musical is based on Harold Gray’s long-running comic strip Little Orphan Annie with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and book by Thomas Meehan.

The show follows Annie as she is taken from her orphanage, and the clutches of the evil Miss Hannigan, to stay at billionaire Oliver Warbucks’ mansion for the holidays.

When Annie wins the hearts of Warbucks and his staff, they set out on an epic mission to find Annie’s parents. Meanwhile, Miss Hannigan, in partnership with her brother Rooster and his girlfriend Lily, attempt to make some money out of this unique situation.

The stories become intertwined as Annie’s story hits the national spotlight.

Opening on Broadway in 1977, “Annie” won the Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Score.

Since then, the show has had two Broadway revivals and has been performed all over the world.

The Albert Finney-Carol Burnett film version in 1982 also starred Bucks County native Aileen Quinn as Annie, who had performed as a child, before the film, with Neshaminy Valley.

The cast of over 50 comes from throughout the region.

Neshaminy Valley has received national recognition for its annual productions including 32 nominations and seven wins from the International Music & Entertainment Awards. 

Director Casey has received three nominations for Philadelphia’s Barrymore Awards and has directed or choreographed productions for Bristol Riverside Theatre, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Bucks County Playhouse, Montgomery Theatre, and Arizona Broadway Theater, as well as 11 productions with Neshaminy Valley.

Tickets: $22 general, $20 seniors, $12 youth (14 years and under) purchased in advance; additional $2 at the door. With flex-tix any ticket good for any show date and time.

Group rate for 15 or more.

NVMT, founded in 1956 as a non-profit, has awarded over $155,000 in college scholarships to talented local high school seniors who will pursue their education in the fine or performing arts.

For more information and to purchase tickets through PayPal visit nvmt.org, e-mail nvmt@verizon.net, or call 267-733-8876.

PHOTO CAP: The company of Neshaminy Valley Music Theatre’s spring 2019 production of My Fair Lady. Photo by Mike Mitchell.