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  • Dawson Casting: Both Kristen Vigard and Andrea Mc Ardle were 14 when they played the 11-year old title character in the original 1977 musical production, though this is more or less averted in some of the later productions, notably with Lilla Crawford who was around Annie's age in the 2012 revival. The 1982 film and the 1997 20th Anniversary revival both even lowered Annie's age to 10, because their Annies, Aileen Queen and Brittny Kissinger, were respectively 10 and 8 years old and clearly not 11 yet.
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  • Disowned Adaptation: Martin Charnin, the musical's lyricist and original stage director, has openly expressed dislike for all three film versions, as well as the 2012 stage revival directed by James Lapine - in short, any version where the attempts at freshness stray too far from his original vision.
  • The Pete Best:
    • Kristen Vigard played Annie for one week in out-of-town previews before being replaced by Andrea McArdle.
    • Joanna Pacitti was the highly-hyped newcomer cast for the 1997 Broadway revival, but was fired during rehearsals. (This became fodder for a Saturday Night Live bit via a "Weekend Update" segment.)
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The musical was originally intended to have been longer and more of a Gender Flipped Oliver Twist-esque tale, but this was cut as it would make the show unnecessarily long; this was later reinstated and expanded upon in the novelisation.
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    • Concept art for a proposed Hanna-Barbera animated series surfaced online, showing Annie, Warbucks and a host of Canon Foreigners. Said art was done by Alex Toth in 1992 for his idea of a Jonny Quest-style series, but this fell through for unknown reasons.
    • The now-infamous "Tomorrow" was originally intended for an unrelated musical called Charlie and Algernon, which was based on the scifi short story Flowers for Algernon. Problems "during its out-of-town engagement in Washington D.C." was cited as the reason for the song to be used in Annie, and it since became firmly associated with the musical and the franchise in general, becoming a staple in children's music.
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