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Resorts World Manila to stage ‘Annie’ this September

Resorts World Manila, through its resident Full House Theater Company, is set to stage the original Broadway musical “Annie” this September at the Newport Performing Arts Theater.

Based on the popular comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” by Harold Gray, the musical opened in 1977 and ran for a record-setting six years at the former Alvin Theatre in midtown Manhattan, New York. The story follows the exploits of a charming 11-year-old orphan girl looking for her long-lost parents and eventually finding a different fortune waiting for her altogether.

With music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and a book by Thomas Meehan, “Annie” was nominated for 11 Tony Awards and won in seven categories, including Best Musical. Among the popular musical numbers are “Tomorrow” and “It’s the Hard Knock Life.”

The success of “Annie” has prompted numerous productions in many countries and has been adapted into film three times, most recently in 2014 with Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Rose Byrne in the cast.

“Annie” is Full House Theater Company’s follow-up to the hit production “Bituing Walang Ningning, The Musical,” starring Mark Bautista, Cris Villonco and newcomer Monica Cuenco, last year; and a two-night “South Pacific in Concert” held in September, headlined by Joanna Ampil, Jon Meer Vera Perez, Ima Castro and Bautista.

Villonco won the Outstanding Female Featured Performance in a Musical at the recent Philstage Gawad Buhay for her role as Lavinia in “Bituing Walang Ningning, The Musical.”

For more information on RWM events and entertainment offerings, visit www.rwmanila.com or call  9088833.

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