ANNIE, the best-loved family musical of all time, comes to the Grand Theatre at Marina Bay Sands this August. Win a family package of four tickets to watch this uplifting performance!
“The sun will come out tomorrow
Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow
There’ll be sun
Just thinkin’ about tomorrow
Clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow
’til there’s none…”
You’re probably familiar with this famous ode to optimism, aren’t you? It first came from the mouth of a little red-headed orphan girl named Annie in 1977 and since then, Tomorrow has become one of the greatest Broadway hits of all time. This August, you’ll get to hear Tomorrow live(!) because everyone’s favourite red-head is returning to Singapore! Yes, the U.S. National Tour of ANNIE will be running at the Grand Theatre, Marina Bay Sands, from 24 August 2016 and we can hardly wait!
This uplifting story of a plucky orphan girl named Annie and her journey from a New York orphanage to adoption by billionaire businessman Oliver Warbucks is a crowd pleasing winner. Did you know that it was inspired by a comic strip which first ran in the New York News in 1924?
In 1970, lyricist-director Martin Charring bought a coffee table book called The Life and Hard Times of Little Orphan Annie. This book, a collection of the comic strips, was supposed to be a Christmas gift for a friend. Because the store clerk was too busy to wrap the book, Charnin took the book home to wrap it. Consequently, he read it and fell in love with the strip! Hence he secured the rights to it and thanks to the busy bookstore clerk, millions all over the world can now enjoy Annie’s story.
The musical stars a cast of cute-as-a-button ragamuffins, an adorable dog, a scheming orphanage matron, a moody-turned-loving billionaire and of course, the irresistible Annie, and is one of the best-loved family musicals of all time! (By the way, Charnin’s friend never got the book.)
ANNIE was first performed in 1977 and the original production ran for a record 2,377 performances before closing. It won a score of awards, including seven Tony Awards® (for Best Musical, Best Book, Best Original Score, and Best Choreography), the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, seven Drama Desk Awards, and the Grammy for Best Cast Show Album. Since then, ANNIE has been performed in 28 languages around the world for 37 years!
Seen it before? No problem! This production of ANNIE is a brand new incarnation of the Tony Award®-winning original. Directed by lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 19th time, it features a 25-member company from the U.S.
First of all, the title role of Annie is played by Heidi Gray, an 11- year-old actress who makes her tour debut. You’ll also meet actor Gilgamesh Taggett, who stars as moody-turned-broody billionaire Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks. In addition to them, you’ll see opportunistic orphanage matron Miss Hannigan as played by singer Lynn Andrews. Furthermore, you’ll probably fall in love with Sheppi the Border Collie and Casey the Golden Retriever — the dogs which star as Sandy, the stray that Annie rescues and adopts.
Finally, do look out for the six little stars-to-be who were chosen out of 170 children aged seven to 10 years during auditions in Singapore earlier this year. These budding talents, cast in roles as young orphans, will get that once-in-a-lifetime chance to perform alongside the Broadway cast in this production of ANNIE.
So start exercising your vocal cords because you’ll definitely be singing along during, and for days after, this heart-warming, foot-tapping performance. We’re really looking forward to watching ANNIE! Are you?
Date of show: Wednesday, 24 August 2o16
Time of show: 7.30 pm
Duration: Approximately 2 hours 35 minutes (including a 20-minute interval)
Venue: Grand Theatre, The MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
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Terms & Conditions:
- Tickets are non-transferable, non-exchangeable, and non-refundable.
- Tickets can be collected at The Mastercard Theatres ticketing counter, 30 minutes before showtime.
- Winners have to produce their NRIC to claim their tickets.
- This Giveaway is applicable in Singapore only.
- Giveaway closing date: Friday, 12 August 2016.
Wednesday, 24 August – Sunday, 11 September 2016
Grand Theatre, The MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
Tuesday – Friday 7:30pm
Saturday: 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Sunday: 1:00pm and 6.00pm
From $65 (excludes the booking fee of SGD$4 per ticket)
Phone: +65 6688 8826
In person at: Marina Bay Sands Box Offices (Museum, Theatres, SkyPark, Retail Mall and Hotel Tower 1 Lobby). For more information please log onto – www.MarinaBaySands.com/ticketing
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