New "Annie" Selected for Broadway Revival

Lilla Crawford, 11, takes on role of famous red-headed orphan this fall

By Robert Kahn
|  Friday, Apr 27, 2012  |  Updated 5:55 PM EDT
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New "Annie"  Selected for Broadway Revival

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Broadway has its new "Annie."

Los Angeles-native Lilla Crawford has been chosen to play the red-headed orphan in the new production of the classic musical opening this fall.

"Oh, my gosh, it happened! My heart just stopped," Crawford said, in a press release provided by producers this morning. "I thought it would be so cool just to be a part of 'Annie,' but to actually be playing Annie is a dream come true!"

Crawford debuted on Broadway last year, in the closing cast of Broadway's "Billy Elliot." She has performed in more than a dozen shows with the Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts in California.

The score for "Annie" includes "Maybe," "It's the Hard Knock Life" and the anthem of optimism, "Tomorrow."

A theater for "Annie" has not yet been announced. The production will be directed by three-time Tony Award-winner James Lapine, and choreographed by Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler.

Crawford's casting was announced this morning on NBC's "Today Show."

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