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In 1972, Martin Charnin bought the rights to the comic strip ''ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie''. With Thomas Meehan and Charles Strouse, he created the Broadway musical ''Annie'' in 1977. After 2,377 performances, four national tours, and five Broadway Annies, the musical ended its New York City run in 1983. There have since been two revivals marking the show's 20th and 35th anniversaries (in 1997 and 2012) on top of numerous professional and amateur productions.

New York City, 1932. Eleven-year-old Annie has been living in cruel Miss Hannigan's orphanage her whole life. After her latest unsuccessful escape attempt (during which she meets a stray dog she christens Sandy), secretary Grace Farrell decides to take the child home to temporarily live with billionaire Oliver Warbucks over the Christmas season as a publicity stunt for the grumpy tycoon. The plucky orphan worms her way into the hearts of the staff and Mr. Warbucks and even the President of the United States! Even though Mr. Warbucks wants to adopt her, he agrees to help her search for her real parents, who left half of a locket with her when they dropped her off at the orphanage as a baby. Miss Hannigan's brother and his sleazy girlfriend pose as Annie's parents to gather the reward that Warbucks has offered to Annie's real parents.

In 1982, Creator/JohnHuston directed [[{{Film/Annie1982}} a film version]] of ''Annie'', which made a goodly number of changes to the play: comic strip characters Punjab and Asp are supporting players, Sandy gets more screentime, songs are added and dropped, and the climax is peril-filled. Annie was played by Aileen Quinn, heading up an AllStarCast of adult players. ''[[Film/ETTheExtraterrestrial E.T.]]'' kept it from being the SummerBlockbuster it was intended to be, but it became an early [=VHS=] video store staple. A lot of '80s kids have the damn thing ''memorized''.

In 1989, Charnin reunited the old team and they created a sequel to the play, ''Annie 2: Miss Hannigan's Revenge''. [[DevelopmentHell Two name changes, tons of rewrites, and three Annies later]], the play ended up off-Broadway as ''Annie Warbucks'' in 1993. You're probably hearing about it for the first time right here.

In 1995, a MadeForTVMovie called ''Film/AnnieARoyalAdventure'' premiered on Creator/{{ABC}}. It is presumably a sequel to the 1982 film (at least that's how Website/{{IMDb}} recognizes it), but it has [[TheOtherDarrin none of the same cast]] and is not a musical (unless you count a single reprise of "Tomorrow" at the end).

In 1999, ABC-[[Series/WaltDisneyPresents Disney]] produced a MadeForTVMovie version of ''[[{{Film/Annie1999}} Annie]]'', which made its own share of changes to the stage show. It starred Alicia Morton, with Kathy Bates as Miss Hannigan.

The 2006 {{Documentary}} ''Life After Tomorrow'' revisits many of the women who played orphans in the stage casts.

Quvenzhané Wallis (known for ''Film/BeastsOfTheSouthernWild'') will star in another movie adaptation of this musical, scheduled for a Christmas Day 2014 release. It contains some new songs by Music/JayZ and will star Creator/CameronDiaz, Creator/RoseByrne and Jamie Foxx.

!!The musical includes examples of:
* AdaptationNameChange: In the comic strip, the orphanage was run by the cruel Miss Asthma. The musical changes her to Miss Hannigan.
* AdaptationalHeroism: UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt. While he isn't [[HistoricalHeroUpgrade any more or less heroic than most media adaptations portray him as here]] his heroism here is hugely ironic given the source material. [[LittleOrphanAnnie Little Orphan Annie's]] creator, Harold Gray, '''loathed''' FDR and the New Deal, and often went out of his way to let readers know this. Anything in the original strip that might remind readers of FDR, his administration, or the New Deal would always be portrayed in the most negative light possible (FDR's theme song, "Happy Days Are Here Again" would be sung exclusively by the villains in the strip). When FDR was re-elected for a fourth term in 1944, Gray got so depressed, he had Daddy Warbucks KilledOffForReal, dying in despair. When FDR died in 1945, [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing Gray was so overjoyed]] he had Daddy brought BackFromTheDead. To have FDR depicted as an old, dear friend of Daddy Warbuck's in the musical is hilarious to anyone aware of all this.
* AltoVillainess: Miss Hannigan.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Why on earth does the radio show have a ventriloquist act? Surely that's ridiculous. Well maybe, but [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Bergen that really happened]].[[note]]In the present day, JeffDunham is regularly played on a few radio comedy channels.[[/note]]
* AwardBaitSong: "TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO-'''MAH'''-ROW!!!!!"
* TheBrainlessBeauty: Lily St. Regis. ("Named for the hotel!")
* CatchPhrase: In-universe, "We love you, Miss Hannigan" is forced onto the girls by Miss Hannigan.
* DarkReprise: "Maybe", as Annie is about to leave with her "real" parents and wonders if staying with Warbucks would have been better.
* DumbBlonde: Lily St. Regis.
* EnforcedPlug: Spoofed when Annie and Warbucks go on a radio show to advertise for Annie's parents.
* FieryRedhead: Annie.
* FreudianExcuse: The lyrics of "Easy Street" imply that Miss Hannigan and Rooster learned their villainous ways from their mother.
-->''I remember the way our sainted mother''
-->''Would sit and croon us a lullaby''
-->''She'd say, "Kids, there's a place that's like no other"''
-->''You gotta get there before you die''
-->''You don't get there by playing from the rule book''
-->''You stack the aces, you roll the dice''
-->''Mother dear, oh we know you're...down there listenin'''
-->''How can we follow your sweet advice''
* HeartwarmingOrphan: Annie, and all her friends at the orphanage.
* HailToTheThief: "We'd Like to Thank You, UsefulNotes/HerbertHoover".
* ICanExplain: Shortly after Annie's attempt to escape from Miss Hannigan's orphanage, a woman arrives and announces that she has been sent to talk to Miss Hannigan by the orphanage's board of directors. Miss Hannigan is in full self-justifying flight before the woman has a chance to explain that actually she's just come to arrange for one of the orphans to spend some time with Warbucks.
* IllegalGuardian: Rooster Hannigan and Lily St. Regis (or Miss Hannigan in the 1999 film) pretend to be Little Orphan Annie's "real parents" to scam reward money out of Daddy Warbucks.
* IronicEcho: Miss Hannigan punishes any orphan she suspects of being dishonest: "What's the one thing I've taught you? Never tell a lie!" At the end, as Miss Hannigan is being carted away by the authorities, she pleads with Annie to witness that she's treated the orphans well; Annie's response is to apologize and remind her that there's one thing she's taught them...
* IWantSong: "Maybe".
* TheMakeover: Annie's transformation from raggedy orphan to pretty little girl in "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here".
* MimingTheCues: While Miss Farrell is telling Miss Hannigan what kind of orphan she wants to borrow (age, etc.), Annie gives her hand signals so she can narrow it down to an orphan just like Annie.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: The recycling of Annies and orphans was usually matched with the onset of puberty.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname:
** Rooster. Subverted near the end when it's revealed his real name is Daniel.
** The orphans Pepper and Duffy, assuming those aren't their actual names.
* OrphansPlotTrinket: Her broken locket.
* OrphanageOfFear: The orphanage run by Miss Hannigan.
* ParentalLoveSong: "I Don't Need Anything But You" is a duet between Annie and Daddy Warbucks about how glad they both are that they've been reunited and the adoption has gone ahead.
-->Together at last\\
Together forever\\
We're tying a knot\\
They never can sever\\
I don't need sunshine now\\
To turn my skies to blue\\
I don't need anything but you!
* PluckyGirl: Annie. "The sun'll come out tomorrow!"
* ThePollyanna: Annie's defining character trait is her optimism.
* ShipTease: Warbucks and Grace.
* TeamMom: Annie is this for the orphan girls, particularly Molly, the youngest.
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: Quite a few of the musical numbers, including "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile", where the orphans make a big number out of a radio toothpaste commercial.
* TheTrapParents: After Daddy Warbucks offers a reward for information about Annie's parents, they turn up to claim her and take her away; but it's not really her parents, just con artists trying for the reward. Played with a bit in that Warbucks and company were [[GenreSavvy aware of this trope]] and were rightfully suspicious of the ''many'' couples who showed up claiming to be Annie's parents. The con artists slip through only because Miss Hannigan gave them confidential information about Annie.
* VillainSong: "Little Girls" and "Easy Street".
* WealthyEverAfter
* YouCanSayThatAgain:
-->'''Annie''' (sings): Yesterday was plain awful.\\
'''Warbucks''' (sings): You can say that again.\\
'''Annie''' (sings): Yesterday was plain awful.\\
'''Both''' (sing): But that's not now, that's then.
* TwoHalvesMakeAPlot: Annie's OrphansPlotTrinket is a half-locket left by her parents, who she assumes have the other half, so they can claim her when they find her again.
* WriterOnBoard: The musical takes the time to glorify FDR and the New Deal, which was the opposite of Harold Gray's free-market politics. Both film versions eliminate the two most overtly political songs, "We'd Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover" and "A New Deal for Christmas". The 1999 version pretty much cuts out the political content entirely.

!!Various adaptations include examples of:
* AdaptationExpansion or AdaptationDistillation: It depends on which version you're seeing.[[note]]...and this includes all three movies and later stage plays based on the original play.[[/note]]

!!In addition to tropes shared with the stage musical, the 1982 movie has examples of:
-->''See: {{Film/Annie1982}}''

!!In addition to tropes shared with the original musical, the stage sequel, ''Annie Warbucks'', has examples of:
* ObstructiveBureaucrat and TyrantTakesTheHelm: Ms. Christmas/Commissioner Stark. Somehow Warbucks is powerless in the face of a figurehead/minor politician.
* RelationshipUpgrade: For Warbucks and Grace; they get married at the end.

!!In addition to tropes shared with the stage musical, the 1999 movie has examples of:

-->''See: {{Film/Annie1999}}''

!!In addition to tropes shared with the stage musical, the 2014 movie has examples of:
* AdaptationNameChange: Oliver Warbucks is renamed Will Stacks.
* RaceLift: Several characters, most notably Annie herself.
* SettingUpdate: Set in ThePresentDay (early twenty-first century) rather than the 1930s, averting the PoliticallyCorrectHistory of the 1999 version.
** Miss Hannigan runs a foster home instead of an orphanage.
** Will Stacks spends time with Annie not to do something nice for Christmas, but for good publicity for his mayoral campaign.
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