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I remember the closing of Annie actually made national nightly news. I remember them having a segment about it on NBC nightly news.The dates I have are:
Andrea, April 21, 1977
Shelley, February 28, 1978
Sarah, March 6, 1979
Allison, January 29, 1980
Alyson, September 8, 1982
In the summer of 1982 the movie was killing the Broadway show's box office, so Martin decided to generate some new interest in the show by changing the Annie and the Hannigan. It didn't work, and in the last week of October it was announced that the show would close on January 2, 1983.
Every Annie had a different energy and personality, so it was an adjustment. Alyson Kirk was already playing Kate in the show when she became Annie, so we were all comfortable with her on stage.Was it hard to adjust to a new Annie ?
Yes, those closing night news pieces are on the video page of annieorphans.com, in the Broadway section.I remember the closing of Annie actually made national nightly news. I remember them having a segment about it on NBC nightly news.
I THINK I remember reading that she kind of wanted to leave the show, because she was starting 7th grade and wanted to have an active school life. When she found out Annie was closing, she was disappointed about not closing with the show. I never saw her perform, but from the clips she looks like a really likable, really cute Annie. And I think she came across really well in Julie's movie, a lovely and articulate woman.So, if Allison had not outgrown the part, did she choose to leave the show?
Wasn't it up at that point?I saw Allison on Broadway and she was excellent, both singing & acting. I thought she might have stayed, if she had known it was only a few months more, if the decision was hers.If they decided to replace her for "new life" IMO that was a mistake, because she had already built up a great reputation for herself... Either way, she had the longest Broadway run of any of the OBC Annies.