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"A delightful and insightful behind-the-curtain glimpse into the lives of a
group of young girls who survived 'Annie'" - Hollywood Reporter
"The magic of Annie has always been related to the tens of thousands of
girls who dreamed of being in the show, and this film is about those girls
whose dreams came true" - NY Times
"Plucked from obscurity at age 7, Studio 54 vets by 9, washed up at 12 – so
it was for many girls who starred in the musical Annie.” A- “ -
“Life After Tomorrow, a fascinating, often harrowing documentary about the
precocious kids who minted money for the show’s producers.” –
"Life After Tomorrow"...reflects what a blast it was to be in "Annie," with
anecdotes of cast members clowning with Henry Winkler as the Fonz and
teaching members of the Senate to dance to You're Never Fully Dressed
Without a Smile." - St. Petersburg Times
do Sarah Jessica Parker, Alyssa Milano, and Molly Ringwald have in common?
They all began their careers as child actresses appearing in the hit musical
Life After Tomorrow is a personal journey of filmmaker
and co-director, Julie Stevens, who played one of the orphans in the Broadway
cast and National Tour. With partner, Gil Cates, Jr., the filmmakers spoke
with over 40 women who played orphans in the show during its original
run on Broadway, from 1977-1983. The film explores the life-changing repercussions
of child performers in "Annie" as many orphan cast members revisit
their experience in the show, their childhood, family support structure,
what happened when they left the show and tried to resume a "normal"
childhood, and what they are doing today. Life After Tomorrow
is not only a "Where Are They Now" glimpse back at the careers
of some talented children but also a cautionary tale for any parents considering
putting their child into show business. The film also visits with the
creators of "Annie" (writer/lyricist Martin Charnin and composer
Charles Strouse), fans, agents, adult cast members and a new generation
of "Annie" orphans. With a Broadway cast and four national touring
companies, "Annie" ran for over five years and 2,377 performances
on Broadway. With 7 little girls in each cast, thousands of children get
their start in show business through this musical.
Life After Tomorrow offers a glimpse of what the "Annie"
experience was like and how it shaped the lives of the young women who
have gone on to both performing and non-performing careers. Former orphans
appearing in the film include MSNBC anchor, Dara Brown, actress Sarah
Jessica Parker, recording artist Joanna Pacitti, Emmy award-winning actress
Martha Byrne and songwriter Danielle Brisebois.
For some, "Annie" marked the beginning of a fruitful career
in show biz. Many were able to use the opportunity as a springboard to
related careers in entertainment. For others, the incredible experience
at such an early age was enough of a taste of show business to last a
lifetime. Some girls found themselves struggling with feelings of loss
and frustration with having their show business careers end so abruptly.
As one cast member in the film remarks, "I feel like my career could
not have peaked at ten!"
DIRECTED & PRODUCED BY Julie Stevens and Gil Cates, Jr.
Life After Tomorrow can be seen on Showtime and The Movie Channel
and will be released on
DVD by Arts Alliance America on February 26th 2008. Check back for updates.