Annie is based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, “Little Orphan Annie”, which ran in the New York Daily News beginning in the 1920s and, by the 30s and 40s, was one of the most widely read comic strips around. Lyricist Martin Charnin was given a book of “Little Orphan Annie” comic strips as a Christmas gift in 1971, and was inspired to create a musical comedy based on the main character.
The idea was pitched to Tony-winning composer Charles Strouse and a short story writer for the New Yorker, Thomas Meehan. With a full writing team assembled, the show was written in just fourteen
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