Thursday, November 1, 2012

Annie The Musical on Broadway! Opens November 8th! #PLACEholiday

In October I had the chance to see Annie The Musical on Broadway which is still in previews until November 8th, 2012. A special Mamarazzi® with Annie on Broadway was held on Tuesday, October 16th in conjunction with The Children's Place, The Moms, and Annie in support of Pajama Program, a not-for-profit dedicated to helping children in shelters. They collected new pajamas and books for children the night of the event. The Pajama Program currently has 63 chapters in 40 States and operates three Reading Centers in New York, NY; Yonkers, NY; and Red Bank, NJ. There are tons of ways you can help including donating online, by hosting your own Pajama and Book Drive, and even Gift Cards, where you can donate a gift in someone's honor and they will get a card telling them you donated on their behalf!

So many children are without warm bedtime clothing and education so we developed a creative program to provide some of both,” says Founder and Executive Director Genevieve Piturro. “We intend to make a difference – giving back is what it’s all about.”

Cool t-shirts for sale in the lobby of The Palace Theatre in New York City

In November many bloggers are participating in a 'donate your blog' program where all month long bloggers will feature charities close to their hearts and give them the social media push they normally wouldn't experience. Thankfully Ascending Butterfly has been doing this since we opened our doors, so we didn't need a special month of giving to get involved in making a difference! We had the chance to make a donation to the Pajama Program on the night of the performance, but what really stood out was watching children put stuff in the collection bin, it's so awesome to see children being raised to understand that giving back is important!

Playbill for Annie The Musical 2012 Broadway Revival, The Palace Theatre, New York City
About the Show

A classic musical based on the Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Story: An orphan, Annie, and her dog Sandy are placed in the lap of luxury for a week as a part of a publicity campaign for Oliver Warbucks. However, Annie's stay turns out to be much more than anyone had bargained for as she works her way into everyone's hearts and learns a few things for herself.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Theatre: Palace Theatre

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Opening Night: Nov 8, 2012

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Original Cast: Lilla Crawford, Emily Rosenfeld, Katie Finneran, Tyrah Skye Odoms, Anthony Warlow, Junah Jang, Georgi James, Madi Rae DiPietro, Taylor Richardson, Brynn O'Malley, Clarke Thorell, J. Elaine Marcos

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Director: James Lapine

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Choreographer: Andy Blankenbuehler

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Producer: Arielle Tepper Madover, Roger and Sally Horchow, Roger Berlind, Roy Furman, Debbie Bisno, Stacey Mindich, Nederlander Presentations, Jane Bergere, Daryl Roth, Christina Papagjika, Eva Price

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Musical Director: Todd Ellison

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Scenic Design: David Korins

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Costume Design: Susan Hilferty

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Lighting Design: Donald Holder

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Sound Design: Brian Ronan

Annie The Musical Charitable Partners

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Pedigree Foundation - Support PEDIGREE Foundation in its effort to raise $1M through the See the Show, Help a Dog Initiative!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Pajama Program - Delivering Warm Sleepwear and Nurturing Books to Children in Need!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - New York Foundling - Saving Children, Preserving Families and Building Communities. Since 1869.

My Take:

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and with New York City dealing with so much loss and devastation, this show is a bright spot in a very dark time in the City. I realize that because many people are bringing children to the show, it might difficult to get around just yet since the MTA is not totally back up and running yet, but the show is back on and running in previews until November 8th. I highly encourage you to get out and see this show as soon as you can! The sooner we get Broadway back up and running, the sooner a ton of folks can get back to work! And if you can help any of the show's charitable partners, please consider it, especially at this time where it is truly needed! By the way, all the performances were strong, but 'Molly' is a total scene stealer!

And remember Butterfly:

You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile! Annie The Musical a Broadway 2012 revival at The Palace Theatre in New York City!

The Moms did it again! What a wonderful night on Broadway!

Get Social With It:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @ANNIEonBroadway on Twitter
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - 'Like' Annie The Musical on Facebook
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @PajamaProgram on Twitter
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @themoms on Twitter
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @childrensplace on Twitter
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FTC Disclosure: This Media Night on Broadway offered complimentary tickets to the performance, however this recap post is NOT sponsored or compensated! All opinions are 100% my own.


  1. Oh I would love to see Annie!! I saw Wicked on Broadway a couple of years ago, it is such a great experience.

    1. @Amelia - Ghost and Annie on Broadway have been my top two picks this year! If you get a chance you should definitely go see it!

      ♥ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

  2. Love to go to the theatre!Saw Annie years ago can't imagin a better way to spend a night. A show with th kiddie plus helpng children in need!WIN- WIN!!