NYT article on musicals for kids - interesting item
by Diner (no login)
In Friday's New York Times, there's an interesting article by reporter Robin Pogrebin about which Broadway musicals are suitable for kids, which she investigated by taking her own young kids to shows. But she also discusses her own history with Broadway, and part of it is Annie-related:
Musicals played a part in my husbands family and mine. My parents had an extensive LP collection of show tunes, including exclamation-point classics like Hello, Dolly!, Fiorello! and Oklahoma! They regularly took my twin sister, Abigail, and me to productions at Equity Library Theater, a much-missed stage on West 103rd Street and Riverside Drive, of all places. They let us audition for the original cast of Annie. We sang the pop hit Downtown together accompanied by our own choreography and the director said hed take one of us but not both, so we declined.
In 1981 Abigail made it into the original cast of Sondheims Merrily We Roll Along at just 16. (Unfortunately it closed after 16 performances.)