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Denver native Lynn Andrews in ANNIE
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Denver native, Lynn Andrews, comes home in the new U.S. National Tour of ANNIE. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 19th time, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new physical incarnation of the iconic Tony Award-winning original. ANNIE plays The Buell Theatre tonight through May 10 only. Tickets are on sale now at or by calling 303.893.4100.        

Lynn Andrews (Miss Hannigan) is from Denver.  Her favorite credits include Chicago (Mama Morton), Romeo & Juliet (Nurse) and the 30th Anniversary tour of Annie (Miss Hannigan). Lynn is one third of the girl group The Shirtwaist Sisters, often described as what would happen if Hank Williams, The Andrews Sisters and Beyoncé had a sleepover: sweet, sultry and sometimes salty.   Their original song “Honey, Put the Coffee Pot On” was a featured entry in NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest (January 2015). Lynn grew up in City Park West.  She attended Denver East High School, and took classes at Rocky Mountain Vocal Jazz Camp and at the DCPA Education during her high school years.   She celebrated her senior prom at the Seawell Ballroom.

Performance Times: April 29-May 10
Tuesday-Sunday: 7:30pm
Saturday & Sunday:  2pm
*Thursday, April 30: 2pm

Related Events:
Family Night | May 5 starting at 6:30pm
All ticketed patrons attending the May 5 evening performance are invited to come to the theatre starting at 6:30pm for family activities in the lobby and a chance to meet some of the cast. Cast autograph signing takes place from 6:35-6:55pm. In addition, with the purchase of each adult entrée, kids receive one free kids’ meal off of the kids’ menu at Hard Rock Cafe. Dinner reservations: 303.623.3191.

Talkback | May 5 after the 7:30pm show
Ticketed patrons attending the May 5evening performance may stay after the show for a Q&A with members of the company.

Women with Hattitude | May 7 at  11:00am
Lynn Andrews and Issie Swickle will perform at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts annual Women with Hattitude Luncheon on May 7.

Women with Hattitude is a benefit for the Women’s Voices Fund at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Recognizing the absence of the female voice in American theatre, Theatre Company Producing Artistic Director Kent Thompson established the Women's Voices Fund in 2005 to commission, develop and produce new plays by women. Now, 10 years later, the Fund has surpassed $1 million and enabled the Theatre Company to produce 26 plays by women including six world premieres, 20 female directors and 16 female playwrights.

In addition to an elegant Epicurean-catered lunch with views of the Denver city skyline and Rocky Mountains from the dramatic Seawell Grand Ballroom, guests will enjoy the exciting Macy’s Parade of Hats, featuring 50 of the best hats and outfits at the event, complete with prizes. The Orphans from ANNIE will kick off this special parade.

Top Hat tickets: $100 per person and include a $50 tax deductible donation to the Women’s Voices Fund and preferred seating plus an invitation to a private reception at the event. Individual tickets: $65. Call 303.446.4815 for more information.

Colorado Heart Gallery
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts Broadway is pleased to partner with The Adoption Exchange, Colorado Department of Human Services and Adopt Colorado Kids to showcase the Colorado Heart Gallery. The Colorado Heart Gallery is a project to help Colorado's children find families; all the children featured live in Colorado and are waiting for an adoptive family to call their own.

MaxFund Animal Adoption Center
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts Broadway is pleased to partner with MaxFund Animal Adoption Center. Visit MaxFund in the lobby before the show on April 29 and May 5 or visit the adoption van at the Arts Complex on May 2, 3, 5, 9 and 10.

About the show:
ANNIE has a book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin. All three authors received 1977 Tony Awards for their work. Choreography is by Liza Gennaro, who will incorporate selections from her father Peter Gennaro’s 1977 Tony Award-winning choreography.
The original production of ANNIE opened April 21, 1977 at the Alvin Theatre and went on to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, seven Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the Grammy for Best Cast Show Album and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book (Thomas Meehan) and Best Score (Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin).  The show remains one of the biggest Broadway musical hits ever.  It ran for 2,377 performances after it first opened, and has been performed in 28 languages and has been running somewhere around the world for 37 years.  
The beloved score for ANNIE includes “Maybe,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”
The celebrated design team includes scenic design byTony Award winner Beowulf Boritt (Act One, The Scottsboro Boys, Rock of Ages), costume design byCostume Designer’s Guild Award winner Suzy Benzinger (Blue Jasmine, Movin’ Out, Miss Saigon), lighting design by Tony Award winner Ken Billington (Chicago, Annie, White Christmas) and sound design by Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski (Rocky, Bullets Over Broadway, Motown).The lovable mutt “Sandy” will once again be trained by Tony Award Honoree William Berloni (Annie, A Christmas Story, Legally Blonde).    Musical supervision and additional orchestrations are by Keith Levenson (Annie, She Loves Me, Dreamgirls).Casting is by Joy Dewing CSA and Holly Buczek CSA, Joy Dewing Casting (Soul Doctor, Wonderland, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat). The tour is produced by TROIKA Entertainment, LLC.
This brand new production features a 25 member company: in the title role of Annie is Issie Swickle, a 9-year-old actress from Davie, FL, making her tour debut.  Gilgamesh Taggett will star as Oliver Warbucks.  In the role of Miss Hannigan is Lynn Andrews.  Also starring in the tour are Ashley Edler as Grace, Garrett Deagon as Rooster, Lucy Werner as Lily and Jeffery B. Duncan as FDR.  Sunny, a 4-year-old rescue terrier mix, stars as Sandy.
The Orphans are Angelina Carballo, Adia Dant, LillyBea Ireland, Sydney Shuck, Lilly Mae Stewart and Isabel Wallach.
Single tickets for ANNIE start at $20. To charge by phone, call Denver Center Ticketing Services at 303.893.4100 (TTY: 303.893.9582). Groups of 10 or more: 303.446.4829. Purchase in person at The Denver Center Ticket Office, located at the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex lobby. Buy and print online at Please be advised that The Denver Center for the Performing Arts – – is the ONLY authorized online ticket provider for the Denver engagement of ANNIE.
ANNIE is part of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts 2014/15 Broadway season, which is sponsored by United Airlines. Media sponsorship is provided by The Denver Post and CBS4.  The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is supported in part by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.

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