Annie question for Julie

Tyrain
Tyrain

September 11th, 2008, 10:36 pm #1

Do you think Martin changed what he was looking for in an Annie over the years. Becuase I don't believe SJP was what he originally cast with Andrea. If he was to go with a sweeter Annie from the start then why didn't he keep Kristin Vigard? So, I'm thinking that maybe he changed his view. I can Andrea and Shelley were similar and so are the 2 Allisons. So, maybe he changed then went back. With the exception of Sarah, all broadway Annies were strong belters except for Sarah she was sweet.
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Julie Stevens
Julie Stevens

September 12th, 2008, 12:35 am #2

Tyrain:

I don't think Martin Charnin has changed his casting style much in all of the years I have known him. I would say that he casts a personality first and voice second. Andrea was not his original choice for Annie but the creators saw that the role called for a kid with more fire and spunk, which is how she ended up replacing Kristen. Each time a new Annie was cast, there was a "story" as to why but I would not feel comfortable speaking about that here. Remember, there are politics involved in show biz and there were ways that parents made Martin aware of their child's talent, so that he would consider them for the lead role.

Shelley, Sarah Jessica and Alyson Kirk were all the understudy to Annie before taking over the role. Allison Smith was found at a huge casting call and she was already in a Broadway show. It worked similarly on the tours. Kathy-Jo Kelly was an orphan on Broadway and sent out on a tour as Annie. Theda Stemler, Becky Snyder, Louanne and Mollie Hall were also orphans before they became Annie.

Julie
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