Brigid as Ensemble, u/s Annie (performed July 18), Pepper, Duffy & July
Theatre By The Sea, July 17 - Aug 10, 2013
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Book by Thomas Meehan
Directed & Choreo by Richard Sabellico
“Annie” proves the show must go on at TBTS

“We’ve all heard the story: the star falls ill, the under-rehearsed understudy steps in at the last minute and the show is a smash hit. The “42nd Street” plot has been recreated and retold in dozens of movies, stage shows and television series, but it’s always most impressive when it’s a true life tale. And that’s precisely what happened at Theatre By The Sea. The original star of Theatre By The Sea’s “Annie” fell ill during a preview the day before opening night, and her understudy, Brigid Fitzgerald, stepped in to play the role at intermission. The theatre made a call that night to Lauren Weintraub to temporarily fill in as the red-headed orphan, since Fitzgerald has ensemble roles and serves as the understudy for several other orphans. Weintraub, 14, had played the role at North Shore Music Theatre – also run by TBTS owner, Bill Hanney – last summer."

– Kim Kalunian, WPRO News

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