Annie and Newsies, Togetha Foreva?

As I was watching the new production of Annie on Broadway last night (yay!), I kept getting this weird, persistent sense of déjà vu.

Scrappy, adorable young ragamuffins trying to survive in the big city? Struggling against an unjust system run by tyrannical adults? Wearing period costumes? Speaking in heavy New Yawk accents?

Around the time the pinch-their-cheeks-cute cast launched into “Hard Knock Life,” it hit me: Annie‘s orphans are just like Newsies‘ pape-peddlers! They’re basically musical-theater world siblings, or at least cousins. Am I right, or am I right?

I'm totally right. (left, Joan Marcus; right, Deen van Meer)

So here’s the thing: I think there’s a great, and so far missed, opportunity here. If these casts got together, they could create some kind of mind-meltingly cute mashup video. Imagine the song combo possibilities alone! “King of N.Y.C.” “Little Girls Carrying the Banner.” “Seize the Day…Tomorrow”!

And here’s the other thing: Us DS-ers happen to know that Newsies heartthrob Ryan Steele and none other than Miss Annie herself, Lilla Crawford, know each other from their days in the cast of Billy Elliot. So this COULD ACTUALLY HAPPEN. Newsannie! Annsies! No wait—let me do this properly:


Whaddya think, kids? Wontcha please make every Broadway die-hard’s dreams come true, maybe someday soon? Aw, gee!

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