Annie*

*Annie is a Broadway musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and book by Thomas Meehan. The original Broadway production opened in 1977.

From: Educated (2018), by Tara Westover:

“…”Do you meet other kids?” she asked. “Do you have friends?”

“Sure,” I said. Mary returned to the lesson. When we’d finished and I was ready to go, she said, “My sister Caroline teaches dance every Wednesday…You could join.”…

When the lesson finished, Caroline told me to buy a leotard and dance shoes…

“Well, you can’t dance in boots,” she said. “I’ll talk to your mother.”

We began rehearsals for the Christmas recital…

“Tara can’t wear that,” Mother said. “If that’s what the other girls are wearing, she will stay home.”…

The rest of my class arrived…they rushed into the studio to see what Caroline had for them…The girls held up their sweatshirts, eyebrows raised in disbelief. They had expected chiffon or ribbon, not Fruit of the Loom…”

The summer I sang the lead for Annie it was 1999…”

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