Little Orphan Annie Gets a 2014 Makeover

January 5 was a sad day—it marked the final performance of Annie The Musical's Broadway revival.

But there's good news: Columbia Pictures is in the final production stage of its modern remake, which is set to hit theaters this Christmas. That's right, Little Orphan Annie is coming out of the Great Depression and into the 21st century.

Star of the Broadway revival, Taylor Richardson (left), poses with "new" Annie, Quvenzhané Wallis, and Sunny the dog (Sandy!) (Photo by Bruce Glikas)

The new Annie, played by the Oscar-nominated Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of a Southern Wild, 12 Years a Slave), is a foster kid living in Harlem, who bumps into a wealthy politician (played by Jamie Foxx!) while running through the streets of NYC. Another familiar face? Cameron Diaz is Miss Hannigan.

We don't know about you guys, but we're totally sold.

Just some casual NYC street dancing...with a full band, of course.

But if you're a little bit more skeptical (looking at you, diehard Annie fans), check this out: On Wednesday, Columbia Pictures released the movie's first trailer—and we're excited to say that it includes both singing and dancing to the original songs we all know and love.

Looks like the sun will come out tomorrow...or rather, on Christmas Day. But, you know, we can wait.

Latest Posts


Kennedy George and Ava Holloway pose in front of Richmond, Virginia's Robert E. Lee statue (Chris George, courtesy Kennedy George and Ava Holloway)

9 Dancers Using Their Art to Advocate for Change

Dance and activism can go hand in hand in a number of ways. Over the past few months, many dancers have turned to their art not only to advocate in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, but to highlight injustice within the dance world itself. Whether it's incorporating dance into protests, starting conversations with other members of the dance community, or expressing themselves through personal creative projects, dancers are finding ways to speak out.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Nick Silverio (Kevin Wang, courtesy Silverio)

Meet the Dance Competition Judge Behind the Most #Relatable Dancer TikToks

If you're on #compkid TikTok, odds are you've seen a post by Nick Silverio (@nicksilverioo). Silverio was a competitive dancer with Elite Academy of Dance in Shrewsbury, MA, before studying business at the University of Pennsylvania and continuing to dance throughout college. Now he works as a professional dancer, choreographer, and competition judge in NYC, and—like so many of us—turned to TikTok to fight quarantine boredom. His account has grown to almost 40k followers and has garnered over a million likes.

We asked Silverio to tell us a bit about his new creative outlet.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Here's a round of applause for all the former comp kids who made it big. (Courtesy Fusion Dance Competiton)

Getting a Leg Up: How Growing Up as a Comp Kid Prepares You to Go Pro

Commercial dancer Kaitlynn Edgar was in Travis Wall's class at NUVO when she realized that competitions and conventions could lead to big things. Like joining-Shaping-Sound big. "After class, Travis started asking me all these questions, like when I was graduating," she recalls. "Everything fell into place, just because I happened to be a senior that year—and because I went to that convention. Soon after, I ended up joining the company."

There are all kinds of natural bridges between the competition world and the professional-dance world. We spoke to the experts about how life on the comp circuit can benefit your future career.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS

Editors' Picks

contest
Enter the Cover Model Search