Martin Charnin, creator and first director of the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of the musical “Annie,” will be hosting an audience “talk back” session following the Dec. 4 and 11 Driftwood Players’ performances of “Annie” at Edmonds’ Wade James Theatre.
Charnin is an American theater director, lyricist and composer who started his Broadway career as one of the Jets in the musical “West Side Story.” But perhaps his best-known work is as creator, lyricist and director of “Annie,” the show that inspired countless young people to get involved in theater. “Annie” celebrated its 20th anniversary in 1997 with a return to Broadway. He subsequently directed the national tour.
Charnin has been the director, lyricist, composer, librettist, producer or combination of the aforementioned for over 75 theatrical productions including “Annie,” “Loose Lips,” and “La Strada.” He has received four Tony nominations, two Tony awards, six Grammy Awards, three Emmy Awards, three Gold Records, two Platinum Records, six Drama Desk Awards, a Peabody Award for Broadcasting, and most recently received another Grammy Award for Jay-Z’s rap album “Hard Knock Life”.