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annieThe little orphan who never stops singing and dancing sets up shop in Annie at Atlanta Lyric Theatre. The 1977 Tony Award-winning musical has proven its mettle with stagings and revivals all over the country. The Lyric version features Kevin Harry (Javert in Aurora Theatre’s award-winning Les Miserables) as Daddy Warbucks. Return to 1930s America, where hard-knock lives are common and bottom dollars extremely scarce. Still, Annie — with her dog, Sandy, in tow — never loses her pluck. The Lyric performs at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre at the Cobb Country Civic Center complex in Marietta.

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