A montage of "Hard-Knock Life" and "Tomorrow" from the production of "Annie" coming April 21-22 to the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric. (Troika Entertainment)
There's serendipitous timing in the arrival of "Annie" at the Lyric Opera House on Friday.
This national touring production of the popular musical will open its short Baltimore visit with a performance on the exact 40th anniversary of the show's Broadway opening at the Alvin (now Neil Simon) Theatre on April 21, 1977. But wait -- there's more.
Directing the non-union tour cast is Martin Charnin, who wrote the lyrics for "Annie" and that 1977 staging. And note the choreographer for the tour: That's Liza Gennaro, daughter of Peter Gennaro, who won a Tony Award for his choreography of the original Broadway production that had nearly 2,400 performances and made a star out of the original Annie, Andrea McArdle.