Is Annie ever going to be back on Broadway?

Is Annie ever going to be back on Broadway?

Claire
Claire

January 9th, 2009, 3:18 am #1

Unless I'm mistaken, Annie hasn't been on Broadway since 1997. Even though there have been shows on the road for years now, I'm sure that a lot of people would be happy to see it back on Broadway. I known that bringing a show to Broadway is very expensive and an incredible gamble, but I think that the odds would be in Charnin's favor, seeing as how it hasn't been on Broadway for over ten years. Does anybody know if there are any talks about bringing it back?
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AnnieFan65
AnnieFan65

January 9th, 2009, 3:52 am #2

I don't know if they are considering bringing it back or not. If they had kept Joanna in '97 it would have a few years run on Broadway.
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Laura
Laura

January 9th, 2009, 6:05 am #3

Agree 100%
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old fan
old fan

January 9th, 2009, 2:12 pm #4

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Rachel
Rachel

January 9th, 2009, 2:44 pm #5

I think it's important to realize two things:

1. Now is not the time to open ANY show on Broadway. Over a dozen shows have either closed or as closing this weekend, primarily due to the economy but also because January through March is traditionally a dead time on Broadway anyway. A couple (like that planned revival of "Hair" with Diana DeGarmo) closed before even going to previews because too many backers pulled out. The holiday tourists have left and the deep freeze takes over. The only shows still running at this point are the long-running hits ("Phantom," "Chicago," etc.) and a few of the new favorites. With the economy of NYC so intrinsically tied to Wall Street and financiers, it is going to get worse before it gets better.

2. The reason why "Annie" closed on Broadway in 1983 was because between the various road companies and the movie, it was no longer necessary for families to spend the money to go see the Broadway production. That is still true today. This production has been touring for years now and without that, it is one of the top few shows produced by community theatres because it's popular and allows a lot of kids to be involved. If I am being completely honest, I think "Annie" on Broadway would be a disaster right now because it is already overexposed around the country. The best way to launch a revival is to make the public miss the material and then usher it in again. That is one of the reasons why "South Pacific" has been doing so well. It hasn't been on Broadway since the original run in the '40s, the movie was made decades and decades ago and the majority of the more modern shows, for better or worse, sound very far removed than that rich Rodgers and Hammerstein score.

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ILuvAnnie2
ILuvAnnie2

January 9th, 2009, 10:03 pm #6

Well put, Rachel. I totally agree the market is already saturated with Annie. Just about every young child is happy as can be to see a local production, even moreso as long as the dog is real!
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Rachel
Rachel

January 9th, 2009, 10:06 pm #7

I think it's important to realize two things:

1. Now is not the time to open ANY show on Broadway. Over a dozen shows have either closed or as closing this weekend, primarily due to the economy but also because January through March is traditionally a dead time on Broadway anyway. A couple (like that planned revival of "Hair" with Diana DeGarmo) closed before even going to previews because too many backers pulled out. The holiday tourists have left and the deep freeze takes over. The only shows still running at this point are the long-running hits ("Phantom," "Chicago," etc.) and a few of the new favorites. With the economy of NYC so intrinsically tied to Wall Street and financiers, it is going to get worse before it gets better.

2. The reason why "Annie" closed on Broadway in 1983 was because between the various road companies and the movie, it was no longer necessary for families to spend the money to go see the Broadway production. That is still true today. This production has been touring for years now and without that, it is one of the top few shows produced by community theatres because it's popular and allows a lot of kids to be involved. If I am being completely honest, I think "Annie" on Broadway would be a disaster right now because it is already overexposed around the country. The best way to launch a revival is to make the public miss the material and then usher it in again. That is one of the reasons why "South Pacific" has been doing so well. It hasn't been on Broadway since the original run in the '40s, the movie was made decades and decades ago and the majority of the more modern shows, for better or worse, sound very far removed than that rich Rodgers and Hammerstein score.

Rachel
The "Hair" revival is coming to NY. I meant the "Godspell" revival with Diana.
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AnnieFan65
AnnieFan65

January 10th, 2009, 1:04 am #8

Well put, Rachel. I totally agree the market is already saturated with Annie. Just about every young child is happy as can be to see a local production, even moreso as long as the dog is real!
You are correct. Even without local or traveling productions kids today can own the movies for less than $10. In this economy no one is going to take a child to see a Broadway production when they can watch the movie at home.
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Sky
Sky

January 10th, 2009, 6:04 am #9

I think it's important to realize two things:

1. Now is not the time to open ANY show on Broadway. Over a dozen shows have either closed or as closing this weekend, primarily due to the economy but also because January through March is traditionally a dead time on Broadway anyway. A couple (like that planned revival of "Hair" with Diana DeGarmo) closed before even going to previews because too many backers pulled out. The holiday tourists have left and the deep freeze takes over. The only shows still running at this point are the long-running hits ("Phantom," "Chicago," etc.) and a few of the new favorites. With the economy of NYC so intrinsically tied to Wall Street and financiers, it is going to get worse before it gets better.

2. The reason why "Annie" closed on Broadway in 1983 was because between the various road companies and the movie, it was no longer necessary for families to spend the money to go see the Broadway production. That is still true today. This production has been touring for years now and without that, it is one of the top few shows produced by community theatres because it's popular and allows a lot of kids to be involved. If I am being completely honest, I think "Annie" on Broadway would be a disaster right now because it is already overexposed around the country. The best way to launch a revival is to make the public miss the material and then usher it in again. That is one of the reasons why "South Pacific" has been doing so well. It hasn't been on Broadway since the original run in the '40s, the movie was made decades and decades ago and the majority of the more modern shows, for better or worse, sound very far removed than that rich Rodgers and Hammerstein score.

Rachel
Hair revival has not closed, it still plans to open in March. I think.
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Rachel
Rachel

January 10th, 2009, 3:13 pm #10

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