Old Redhead Is Back

TITLE: ANNIE WARBUCKS

AUTHORS: MUSIC BY CHARLES STROUSE; LYRICS BY MARTIN CHARNIN; BOOK BY THOMAS MEEHAN

WHERE: OFF-BROADWAY

THE BOTTOM LINE: Same orphaned kid, same doggy pet tricks, same bald tycoon, but definitely not the same joy.

The 1977 moppet-meets-millionaire musical Annie reaped $380 million at the box office and, with stock and amateur productions, turned into an annuity for its creators -- which is a good thing, because none of them have had much but flops onstage ever since. Not surprisingly, they decided to try to make lightning strike twice. Alas, the sequel that opened off-Broadway last week provides at...

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