• Patrick Oliver Jones


ANNIE - Echo Deva Picone

OLIVER WARBUCKS - Patrick Oliver Jones

MISS HANNIGAN - Andrea McArdle

ROOSTER HANNIGAN - Andrew Hubacher

LILY ST. REGIS - Lara Hayhurst

GRACE FERRELL - Kate Marshall

Directed/Choreographed by Al Blackstone

Music Direction by Andrew David Sotomayor

Presented at Axelrod Performing Arts Center

Music by Charles Strouse

Lyrics by Martin Charnin

Book by Thomas Meehan

Based on Harold Gray’s comic strip “Little Orphan Annie”

Patrick Oliver Jones in ANNIE at Axelrod Performing Arts Center
"Jones has an authoritative presence that doesn't rely on being follically challenged." (BroadwayWorld)

After opening night I talked with reporters for a New Jersey Stage article about the show, working in New Jersey, and sharing the stage with Andrea McArdle...

“What I like about this production of Annie is director Al Blackstone’s vision to encapsulate the story and make it more contemporary. For example, he opens the show with the story of the little boy who gets the book of Annie which leads him to discover a whole new world, so it’s a new way to get the audience into a story we all know and love.”

“Also, in this contemporary version,” exclaims Jones, “I get to keep my own hair!” When asked about performing in the Garden State, Jones — who lives in NYC— says, “I’ve never performed in New Jersey before and I’m grateful to Al Blackstone and Axelrod Artistic Director Andrew De Prisco for this wonderful opportunity.”

With regards to working with his co-star, Andrea McArdle, Jones remarks, “Working with Andrea is so exciting — she’s a lot of fun! She knows the show better than anyone else and she’s shared so many of her experiences with the cast. It’s also been interesting watching her do that flip from playing the sunny and optimistic Annie to the comically dark character of Miss Hannigan.”

Concludes Jones, “This version of Annie boasts such a good-vibe, good-feeling show and cast — and the audiences have been just great!”

"Patrick Oliver Jones captures the audience’s hearts with his wistful rendition

of 'Something Was Missing.' Tenderly singing about having everything

except love in his life, Mr. Jones makes the role of Oliver Warbucks his own, bringing it to life with sensitivity and style."

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