The Winery at St. George, located on Route 6, in cooperation with Odyssey Productions, has gathered the original Annies and orphans from the 1977 original Broadway production of “Annie” for two performances at 1 and 6 p.m. Sunday, April 30.
Odyssey Productions, under the leadership of CEO Rob Davis, has produced a number of evenings in the Broadway Series at the winery, bringing some of the finest Broadway talent to Mohegan Lake. It occurred to Davis that the 40th anniversary of “Annie,” a show that was instrumental early in his career, was being celebrated in April 2017, and that never before had all five Annies and orphans from the original Broadway company been cast been together in public to appear and perform.
Davis had worked as a child and teen with Shelley Bruce, Sarah Jessica Parker and Allison Smith, and suggested that the they approach the girls about a reunion to share with the public, and reminisce telling never-before-told stories, sing familiar songs and give some of their fans a “peek behind the curtain,” so to speak.
Tom DeChiaro, owner of the winery, began to make the arrangements. Davis, with the assistance of Bruce and Andrea McArdle, began to assemble the other cast members. The result, two shows that will allow a very limited number of attendees to hear stories that haven’t been shared, participate in a question and answer time, and hear their favorite Annies and orphans sing together for the first time in 40 years.
“It’s going to be an incredibly special afternoon and evening,” DeChiaro said, “and the fact that everyone has agreed to participate is truly nothing short of a miracle.”
Davis said, “As a child performer, I had the opportunity to perform with some of these ladies, and to think 40 years later, we are still friends and working together to celebrate a musical that made such an incredible impression on so many is surreal.”
Scheduled to appear are: McArdle, Bruce, Parker, Smith, Alyson Kirk, Kristen Vigard, Danielle Brisbois, Donna Graham, Robynn Finn, Janine Ruanne and Diana Barrows. Special guests are expected as well. Remaining tickets are limited for the two shows.
For more information, visit thewineryatstgeorge.com.