Any dog, cat, rabbit or turtle who is adopted out of a shelter and into a family is a Lucky Dog, for over half the animals leave their shelter by death, often a gruesome death.
Sunny, a 2-year old, female, beige mixed breed in a Houston shelter had less than 48 hours to live when animal trainer and 2011 Tony recipient William Berloni and James Lapine, the producer of the revival spotted her in March. They had been searching shelters in Indiana, Nashville and Houston since December.
When Sunny was identified by the Annie crew in Houston she had been a stray, in sad shape medically. The crew chose her for her, yes, sunny personality, her temperament, her athleticism and her willingness to dance on her back legs.
Sunny will have an understudy in her role of Sandy. Casey was rescued from a shelter in Nashville.
Lillia Crawford, who will star in the role of Annie is thrilled with her costar and her doggie kisses.
On August 1st, Berloni, Sunny and Casey will be moving to an apartment on the upper West Side to begin training. Previews for the Annie revival begin October 3rd at the Palace Theater. Opening night is November 8th.
NBC is filming a documentary “Annie’s Search for Sandy” which will air on October 27th.
There is something that every dog who has played Sandy on Broadway has in common: they have all been shelter rescues.
Supporting shelter dog adoption, Pedigree Dog Food (yes, the same company that was “de-sponsored” by Westminster Dog Show for their support of shelter adoptions) is donating $2 for every ticket sold to a fund dedicated to helping dogs find forever homes.
You can order Annie tickets through their official website:
anniethemusical.com/tickets or through TicketMaster: (877) 250-2929
Sunny, Casey and Lillia …. Break a leg!
(In the Broadway sense, please.)