Monday, July 10, 2006

It's a hard knock life ....

The New York Times had a article on a documentary about the girls who were part of the original Annie Broadway cast and tour - it also has some nice photos ... link

"WHEN Julie Stevens was 9, she and her mother took a train to New York from their home in Philadelphia to meet with a child-modeling agent. That meeting, in 1979, lasted five minutes; the agent said it would be better if Julie were blonde. Later the pair wandered over to the Alvin Theater (since renamed the Neil Simon Theater) on West 52nd Street, where the hit musical "Annie" had been running for two and a half years.

Julie, with her mother at her heels, strode into the theater through the stage door, stood in the wings watching a rehearsal and, after being noticed by a stage manager, announced, "I want to be in 'Annie.' " Three auditions later she got a part as the orphan named Tessie.

Now Ms. Stevens has directed a documentary film, "Life After Tomorrow," about dozens of girls like her who acted in "Annie" during its original run on Broadway and on the road from 1977 through 1983. The film was shown at several festivals this spring and is currently seeking a distributor."

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