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Goodspeed Gala honors original Annie cast, while raising money for musical education programs.

Goodspeed Musicals held a gala on Saturday that recognized the original creative team of the popular musical Annie with the Goodspeed Award for Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre. Proceeds from the Gala will support Goodspeed Musicals’ Education Programs through The Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre.

Sara Jessica Parker participated as the Honorary Chair for the event. Parker took on the role of Annie on Broadway in 1979 and is now an internationally-known stage and screen star.

The rest of the Honorary Committee included the original Goodspeed Opera House Annie, Andrea McArdle, who also originated the role of Annie on Broadway; the theatrical animal trainer who trained the original Sandy, William Berloni; Ken Billington, lighting designer for the 1997 Broadway revival; Sutton Foster, who appeared in the Broadway revival of Annie in 1997; Freddie Gershon of Music Theater International; Arielle Tepper Madover, Producer for 2012 Broadway revival; James L. Nederlander and James M. Nederlander, Broadway Producers; General Manager for the upcoming 2012 Broadway revival, Wendy Orshan and Conrad John Schuck, who made his Broadway debut as “Daddy” Warbucks opposite Sarah Jessica Parker in 1979.

The Emcee for the gala was Conrad John Schuck, who is most well-known for his work in “The Munsters".  

The gala was held at the  in Haddam.

Arti June 09, 2011 at 06:15 PM
Congratulations to my favorite dog trainer of all time, Bill Berloni, who will receive a special Tony Award this Sunday, 6/12/11, for "Excellence in the Theatre." He is pictured here with Oliver (aka "You goofy puppy!" ), a dog I had the great privilege of knowing in 2007, when I rescued him from a shelter. Isn't he a handsome boy? Love him to death.
Wendy Vincent June 09, 2011 at 09:27 PM
Stay tuned for an article on Mr. Berloni this weekend! I had the pleasure of speaking with him the other evening.


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