Friday, August 8

ANNIE Seeks New Leading Lady for Broadway Across America on Broadway Balances America

ANNIE, presented by Broadway Across America at the Old National Centre will take center stage on the award-winning morning show The Balancing Act on Lifetime Channel Tues., August 12.

The show hits the road to go on location in Manhattan as the touring production of ANNIE looks for its new leading lady in this first of a special six-part series, “Broadway Balances America.” The show will re-air Aug. 19.

“Broadway Balances America” provides behind-the-scenes excerpts and interviews highlighting the shows that are featured on Broadway Across America’s 2014-2015 Broadway series nationwide - from Boston to Costa Mesa, from Houston to Minneapolis, and everywhere in between. The Balancing Act’s hosts get up close and personal with the casts and crews, even experiencing what it’s like to dance in their shoes.
In this segment, special correspondent Amber Milt takes viewers to Pearl Studios in Manhattan where young hopefuls are vying for the lead in the upcoming touring revival of ANNIE, the musical that tells the beloved story Little Orphan Annie. The ANNIE segment puts a spotlight on young kids and their parents going through the audition process to show what it takes to play one of Broadway’s most cherished roles, and how families keep the balance in their lives with child actors.

Viewers will get a glimpse of one young lady’s dreams coming true as Charnin offers her the coveted role of Annie. The young actress also makes a special guest appearance at The Balancing Act studios where the casting of the new touring production’s “Orphans” will be exclusively revealed.

ANNIE’s Martin Charnin, Lyricist/Director, and co-creator and original director of ANNIE in 1977, Liza Gennaro, Choreographer and Joy Dewing, Casting Director share what they look for in the auditions and famed Broadway animal trainer William Berloni talks about what he looks for when the young ladies audition with their furry co-star, “Sandy”. 

About The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television:
Now in its 7th year, The Balancing Act continues to empower women in all aspects of their lives. The mission at The Balancing Act is simple - the show strives to help today’s modern woman balance it all by bringing them positive solutions to enrich and empower them. Entertaining, educational and trusted by women, viewers can tune in to America’s premier morning show The Balancing Act on weekday mornings at 7:00 am (ET/PT) airing on Lifetime television. For information or to view a segment visit:

To learn more about the Broadway Balances America series, visit

About Broadway Across America:
BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA is part of the Key Brand Entertainment family of companies, which includes . BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring musicals and plays in North America, operating in 40 markets. For more information please visit

Elizabeth J. Musgrave writes two magazine food and wine columns: Destination Dining and White Linen & Corks,and is a travel, features, food and wine writer, travel and food photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as the Travel & Leisure Adviser on FOX59 Morning News Show. She also is a speaker, consultant and trainer for hospitality, travel and luxury businesses, P.R., and tourism groups, as well as a radio and television guest and host. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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