I’ve played the State, the Capitol, but people said, “Don’t stop!
Until you’ve played the Palace, you haven’t played the top!”
-lyric from “Palace Montage” sung by Judy Garland to open her
historic 1951 engagement
Standing at the crossroads of the world, the Palace is the most iconic theater in America. It opened on March 23, 1913 and since then the greatest stars of every era have appeared there—Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Harry Houdini, Jerry Lewis, Will Rogers, the Marx Brothers, Shirley MacLaine, Gwen Verdon, Diana Ross, Lauren Bacall, Vanessa Williams, Keith Carradine and Liza Minnelli to mention a few. It has also been home to some of Broadway’s biggest hits Applause, Disney’s Aida and Beauty and the Beast, La Cage aux Folles, Man of LaMancha, Sweet Charity, Woman of the Year, The Will Rogers Follies and West Side Story.
Today, Broadway’s biggest little stars reign over Broadway in the popular revival of Annie. These talented tikes were born to play the Palace. Meet the new cast of lovable orphans, from their first performance to backstage on Broadway.
Here’s the story, of all us orphans!
Clockwise from the top right corner: Emily Rosenfeld, Gaby Bradbury, Taylor Richardson, Brooklyn Shuck, Tyrah Skye Odoms, Skye Alyssa Friedman, Amaya Braganza, and Sadie Sink.
Emily Rosenfeld‘s first performance, age 7: Dickon in The Secret Garden at
The Tarrytown Music Hall. Photo Credit: Angela Gaul
Gaby Bradbury’s first performance, age 8: Orphan in Oliver! at Walnut Street Theatre.
Photo credit: Mark Garvin
Taylor Richardson’s first performance, age 4: Recital, Ann Catherine Cross School of Dance
Brooklyn Shuck’s first performance, age 4: Fairy in 12 Dancing Princesses at
Artistry in Motion’s Musical Theatre Group
Tyrah Skye Odoms’ first performance, age 4: Recital, Marcia Hyland School of Dance
Skye Alyssa Friedman’s first performance, age 7: Soloist, Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s Barnum Gala
Amaya Braganza’s first performance, age 5: Orphan in Annie Jr. at the Brea Curtis Theatre
Sadie Sink’s first performance, age 8: Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden at AD Players.
They’ve made it to the big time in NYC! The Orphans of Annie backstage at the Palace.
Clockwise from top left: Skye Alyssa Friedman, Taylor Richardson, Gaby Bradbury, Sadie Sink, Amaya Braganza, Brooklyn Shuck, Tyrah Skye Odoms, and Emily Rosenfeld.