The Character Died With Her: Colleen Dewhurst, who played Marilla in the 1985 version, died during the production of the TV series. Marilla was then killed off in the series too.
Orphaned Reference: Some productions of the musical, particularly high school productions, will replace "The Words" with a different song ("When I Say My Say," meant to give more time for a wig swap for the green-hair scene) but will leave its reprise intact.
The 1934 film:
Name's the Same: Invoked. Actress Dawn O'Day changed her name to Anne Shirley after playing the character.