There's no "Tomorrow" for "Annie" on Broadway.
The musical about a red-haired orphan girl with an indomitable spirit took its final curtain calls today at the Uris Theater with Annie weeping and her dog Sandy barking. The show closed with its 2,377th performance, making it seventh in the list of longest-running Broadway musicals.
"Annie's" original Broadway stars, Andrea McArdle as Annie, Reid Shelton as Daddy Warbucks and Dorothy Loudon as Miss Hannigan, came down the grand staircase in the final scene to take a bow.
They entered a stage full of past and present members of the "Annie" family, including all the other Broadway Annies and many cast members from the four U.S. touring companies.
"There have been 21 foreign translations of 'Annie,' " said Martin Charnin, who wrote the lyrics, directed the show and also orchestrated the post-curtain festivities. "It has played in 27 countries, just reopened in London, won seven Tony Awards, has been seen by 20 million people, grossed over $225 million. I understand there was even a movie made of it."
After he had introduced the final "Annie" cast individually, Charnin said, "Drake, will you close the house?"
As the butler turned off the Christmas tree and room lights, Charnin sat dejectedly on the stairs.
He then called, "Tom!" and Thomas Meehan, who wrote the book for "Annie," came in and sat on the steps.
"What if we wrote 'Annie II!' " Charnin exclaimed.
At that cue, everybody came back onstage and sang "Tomorrow" as the curtain very slowly fell.