Little Orphan Annie has made her way back onto the big screen – this time, with a modern twist. NY1's Frank DiLella filed this report on how this classic stage musical has been re-imagined.
Leapin' Lizards – musical theater cutie "Annie" is back! The optimistic little girl is currently spreading song and cheer on the big screen. The film, which is loosely based on the 1977 Tony-winning musical, stars Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie.
"It's really exciting that, knowing that there's a new Annie, that for some of the kids who didn't see the original, that they're seeing this one, so that they can call me their original Annie," Wallis says. "It's just something that really makes me happy, to know that."
Filling out the cast is Jamie Foxx as the Daddy Warbucks character, Will Stacks; Rose Byrne as Grace; Bobby Cannavale as Guy; and Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan.
"I think what makes this hot is that Jay Z had 'It's The Hard Knock Life' and he made it hip-hop, so people have been trying to acquire the rights to Annie for years," Foxx says. "But then Jay Z and Will Smith came along and said, we've got a fresh take on it."
"We made this movie for the generation that has never seen the original Annie, so they could love it as much as the first wave of fans," Diaz says. "It has everything the original had in it, yet so much more."
That includes some rearranged classic "Annie" tunes like "Easy Street," "Maybe," "It's The Hard-Knock Life," and more. Musical theater enthusiast turned song-and-dance man Bobby Cannavale performs the show-biz number "Easy Street" on screen.
"I've always sort of desired the chance to do a musical, and it's been difficult for me to actually get there to do it on stage," Cannavale says. "So this is the next best thing."
And with a movie musical under their belt, how about getting Cannavale and Diaz to sing live on stage?
"You will not see me," Diaz says.
But Cannavale says, "I'm trying to find that perfect six-month contract."
Until then you can catch Diaz, Cannavale and company in "Annie" – now in movie theaters.