- $33 for one ticket for seating in the mezzanine sides, box, or lower balcony center ($60 value)
- $39 for one ticket for seating in the orchestra or mezzanine center ($68 value)
Some little girls daydream about ponies, and others about princesses. Some want to be champion swimmers and others prima ballerinas. But the only thing Annie wants is a family of her own. Inspired by an enduring, Depression-era comic strip, Annie follows a scrappy, red-headed orphan as she tries to find a place to belong. Help comes from an unexpected corner in the form of the wealthy Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks, who takes in an orphan in hopes of adding a luster of philanthropy to his already impressive reputation. When he learns that the young girl (always accompanied by her adorable dog, Sandy) still dreams of finding her original parents, he offers a sizable reward—and that’s when the vultures start to flock. But in the sunny world of Annie, good news—and tomorrow—are always only a day a way.
Winner of six 1977 Tony awards, including Best Musical and Best Score (written by the inimitable Charles Strouse), Annie became almost an instant classic, helped in no small part by the Carol Burnett–starring film version, in which the legendary comedienne tackled the role of the orphanage warden Miss Hannigan. It’s since gone through many tours, two Tony-nominated Broadway revivals, and become embedded in pop culture—perhaps most unexpectedly by Jay-Z. The hip-hop icon first sampled “It’s a Hard-Knock Life” for his appropriately-named single “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)”, bolstering his street cred with the sound of plucky young girls singing very loudly.
But this production is all about the roots. Martin Charnin, the original director and lyricist, returned to helm the touring version of Annie in 2014.
It would be hard to think of The Whiting as anything less than opulent. Before audiences grab one of the theater's 2,043 seats, they pass through a lobby where a golden sphere hangs suspended. That sphere, completed a year after the theater's founding in 1967, is made up of 675 gold-plated steel branches, stretching 7 feet in diameter, and is valued at $5 million. It's a fitting tribute to the venue's namesake: James H. Whiting, an early pioneer of the auto industry. Although its gold dulled over time—along with the rest of the theater—a renovation in 1999 helped it sparkle once again and continue drawing passersby into its gravitation field.