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Post ANNIE: No New Deal for Christmas...
So who has heard of the production of Annie where, in a coda after "A New Deal for Christmas", Annie woke up alone back at the orphanage, only to realise that all of her adventures with Daddy Warkbucks were nothing more than a dream? The curtain fell as Annie started to cry. The production took place at Trinity Rep in 2003 and the ending is referenced in this review as 'a (more) poignant moment, as realistic as a fairy tale such as Annie can get'. According to this article, Charles Strouse was very impressed with director Amanda Dehnert's "edgy" take on the show and so he gave her the chance to direct the world premiere of his new show at the time, You Never Know!

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Post Re: ANNIE: No New Deal for Christmas...
It doesn't seem like that's legal.

A production of RENT got shut down and fined because the director changed the ending...

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That's just not a good ending...


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Post Re: ANNIE: No New Deal for Christmas...
David, you left out that the strains of a sorrowful-turning-hopeful version of "Maybe" were heard from the orchestra beneath her tears. I like the ending. I think it really adds something to the show, takes away the sappiness of the original ending. I also sympathize with the reviewer's view that the director gave the show some edge. Aside from some book scenes and "We'd Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover," the show really is played as a sort of saccharine, soporific fairy-tale that ignores the Depression almost completely, as we're caught up in Rooster, Lily, and Hannigan conspiring to get money and Annie being treated as the toast of the town by "Daddy" Warbucks.

As I recall correctly, living near Trinity Rep as I do, they did get bitch-slapped by the rights holders (I think Tom Meehan raised a stink, which is not surprising considering he won the Tony for the book and wouldn't be pleased about such a major change), and were forced to reinstate the original ending at some point in the run. Personally, I think that if it's a matter of staging that is not made a specific part of the script, Meehan should have accepted his royalty check and shut his mouth. That said, it's a fine line between allowing a new ending and allowing all sorts of other wholesale changes.

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Post Re: ANNIE: No New Deal for Christmas...
gabriellivingston wrote:
It doesn't seem like that's legal.

A production of RENT got shut down and fined because the director changed the ending...

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That's just not a good ending...


Legality depends, this was a Rep production (IE Professional) so I would imagine they had sought permission. That said it certainly would be illegal for an Amateur / community production. However I do agree that I don't like the ending.


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