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Find the Beauty in You at Chroma Hair Studio & Spa

Choosing the right hair salon in North Charleston, SC, is a little bit like finding the perfect outfit. The materials feel great on your skin, the fabric is flattering to your body type, and when you try it on, you just know - this is the outfit that you have been looking for.

With thousands of hair salons and stylists in South Carolina, choosing the right one can be difficult. You want a salon that is clean, comfortable, and chic. But, more importantly, you need a stylist that "gets" you. Someone who takes the time to understand your preferences, your style, and your personality. You need a stylist who listens, is honest, and has the technical skills to turn your vision into a reality.

An excellent stylist epitomizes all those traits and knows how to adapt to changing beauty trends. They aren't afraid to take on a challenge.

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Welcome to Chroma Hair Studio & Spa

Where the most talented hairstylists in North Charleston help bring out the beauty in each of our clients. We strive to provide each of our customers with the highest levels of customer service in the beauty industry. At Chroma, we offer a relaxing environment, skillful professionals, and a variety of products with environmentally safe and good-for-you ingredients.

Our goal is to make your salon experience special, from the moment you walk in to the second you leave. With a variety of professional hair and beauty services to choose from, we're sure you will rediscover the "beauty of you" every time you visit our salon.

Here are just a few of our most popular hair and beauty services in North Charleston:

The key to a great haircut and salon experience is to understand the services we offer, so you can choose the best selection for your needs. What do our salon services entail? Keep reading below to find out.

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Professional Hair Color in North Charleston, SC

Let's be honest: DIY hair kits can be tricky to get right. They can be complicated to apply and usually have hard-to-understand instructions. Half the time, the color you're left with looks nothing like it does on the front of the box. In a perfect world, you should be able to pop into Target, pick a boxed hair color, apply it at home, and emerge out of your bathroom with a new, beautiful hair color. For most people, this never happens.

That's why people who want flawless color, professional application, and ease of convenience get their highlights at Chroma Hair Studio & Spa.

Whether you are changing your hair color completely or just want a few highlights to switch things up, we are here to create the look and style that you've been dreaming about. At Chroma Hair Studio & Spa, we specialize in the latest hair coloring trends using cutting-edge technology. That way, our clients get the freshest looks, coolest colors, and longest-lasting highlights in town. When you get your highlights done at our hair salon in North Charleston, we want you to leave excited and ready to share your new hair all over social.

Don't spend hours in the store trying to find the color you think will look great on you. Our team of professional stylists will consult with you about your vision and craft a custom highlight plan that fits you're your unique style. There's a reason why so many customers trust us with their highlights - we genuinely care about your hair and how it looks.

Our professional hair coloring services in North Charleston are a combination of art and science. The artistic results only last as long as the hair coloring products used, and we use the best. Our hairstylists and colorists are committed to helping you look and feel fabulous, whether you're planning a special occasion or just want to impress that special someone.

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Get the Look You Crave with Personalized Hair Treatments

Ever taken a chance on a new look or hair color, only to end up embarrassed and unsatisfied with the results? You're not alone - we get calls every week from people just like you who need hair treatment North Charleston. Sadly, sometimes even the professionals get a color procedure wrong.

Other times, your hair has suffered from years of blow-drying and straightening, and it looks dry, brittle, and unattractive. You know you need a deep conditioning treatment, and you need it ASAP.

At Chroma Hair Studio & Spa, our technicians have treated all sorts of hair problems - from unprofessional coloring with multiple bands of different colors and tones to dehydrated hair and more. Sometimes, our client's entire hairstyle needs to be corrected. To do this, we stock multiple types of color and toners to revitalize hair and give it the color you've been dreaming of. Our team always puts a priority on the health and integrity of your hair, whether it's your first visit or your fortieth.

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Voluptuous Eyelash Extensions in
North Charleston, SC

Do you ever wake up in the morning and wish that you had fuller, longer eyelashes? You're not alone - thousands of people crave darker, thicker lashes. They settle for what they have, not knowing that a revolutionary lash treatment is waiting for them at Chroma Hair Studio & Spa.

Eyelash extensions have revolutionized fashion culture, saving women untold amounts time and effort in front of the makeup mirror. The great news is that lash extensions aren't just reserved for Hollywood celebrities anymore. Anybody can have the long, fluttery lashes they've been craving, with a trip to our salon.

Eyelash extensions are a fabulous way to enhance your look on a long-term basis and provide you with a small change that makes a huge impact. From the moment you wake up to the time you go to bed, your lashes remain long, sexy, and sultry.

Our eyelash extension specialist works with your existing lashes to apply individual extensions to enhance the natural beauty of your eyes. Using a meticulous application process, we maintain the integrity of your natural lashes so they remain healthy and undamaged.

Whether you're looking for a wispy, effortless look or want your lashes to have mega volume, our lash extension technicians are here to cater to your needs.

Here are just a few reasons why women love our eyelash extension services in North Charleston:

  • 24/7 Beauty
  • No Damage to Your Natural Lashes
  • No More Mascara or Eye Makeup
  • No Clumps
  • Long, Lovely Lashes That Will Make Your Friends Jealous!

If you're looking for a cost-conscious way to stand out from the crowd, contact our office today. We'd be happy to tell you more about our eyelash extension process and which lashes work best for your needs.

Smooth Out Hair and Add Flair with a Brazilian Blowout

The Brazilian blowout: you've heard about the new craze, you've seen the stunning results, but haven't had a chance to sit down and receive the treatment yourself. Luckily, Chroma Hair Studio & Spa now offers this sought-after style right here in North Charleston, from certified Brazilian blowout stylists.

If you suffer from dull, frizzy hair that lacks life and shine, the Brazilian blowout is one of the best ways to get smooth, frizz-free hair. By using cutting-edge bonding technology, this customizable treatment doesn't damage your hair at all. Actually, it improves your hair's health by adding a protective layer of protein that smooths your hair for weeks on end.

This ultra-popular choice offers you a laundry list of benefits, like:

  • Protection Against Seasonal Damage
  • Locks in Color
  • Cuts Down on Styling Time
  • Protects Against Heat
  • Seamless Extension Blending
  • Great for All Hair Types

To get the best of both worlds, be sure to schedule your Brazilian blowout and custom hair color treatment in the same appointment. Call us today to learn more about our Brazilian blowouts and to schedule your appointment today.

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Custom Haircuts in North Charleston Crafted for You

There are many ways that you can reinvent yourself this season, but if you're ready to make a lasting impression, nothing beats a new hairstyle. While there is nothing wrong with sporting top knots, ponytails, or straight hair, a styled cut from Chroma Hair Studio & Spa will drastically improve your hair game.

Getting a new haircut isn't just fun - it makes you feel good, too, especially when you get a lot of positive compliments.

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Our experienced stylists are tapped into today's hottest trends, so if you want to try something new, we're here to help. If you want to play it more traditional, our stylists have a solid foundation of time-tested techniques, to give your existing cut the edge it needs to impress. And sometimes, you need something simple and low-maintenance that cuts down on styling time and primping.

Not sure what kind of a cut you need? We're happy to give you our educated opinion and are happy to provide examples of what we think works. Whatever style you've got your eye on, we can make it a reality!

Here are just a few of the most popular haircut trends in South Carolina:

Natural Textured

Natural Textured

In a time when extravagant dyes and unique hair extensions are all the rage, the natural look will always be trending. This haircut is a great way to rediscover yourself and let your beauty shine organically without overdoing it.

The Shag

The Shag

This medium-length haircut is a classic throwback to the 79s, with a layered look, messy bangs, and lots of attitude. If you like to get ahead of trends before your friends, bring back the shag and rock this retro style with pride.

Curly Bangs

Curly Bangs

This cut will look great during the summer and will give you an innocent look that will get plenty of attention. Great for a short-term haircut or even something special for a big party or Gen-X event.

Long Length

Long Length

Go against the status quo and let your hair down this season. Pixie cuts and shags are all the rage, but rocking a Rapunzel-like haircut will set you apart from the crowd. If you're looking for a more natural, classic look, this could be your haircut.

Find Your French Flair with Balayage

If you're looking to switch up your hair color but can't decide between Balayage or Ombre because, well, you don't know the difference - don't worry. You're not alone!

Balayage is a French technique for highlighting the hair in which the dye is painted to create a natural-looking effect. The goal is to create soft, subtle highlights that make your hair look like it's been kissed by the sun.

While Balayage is the technique of painting the hair, Ombre focuses on the style of the hair. It is the transition from a lighter shade to a darker shade. Typically, Ombres work best for brunettes, but the style can is suitable for blondes too. To achieve the effect of an Ombre, there must be a smooth transition between colors. While the Ombre is a beautiful look, you'll need to work with a professional to get the best results.

Luckily, we offer both Ombre and Balayage in North Charleston, SC! Short on time? Busy schedule? Only available on weekends? Chroma Hair Studio & Spa offers flexible appointment scheduling to accommodate even the busiest clients. You deserve a fresh new style, and we're here to help when the time is right for you.

The Top Hair Salon in North Charleston, SC

If you're looking for a hair salon that offers high-end styling without expensive pricing, you're in the right place. Our goal is to exceed your expectations and leave you feeling beautiful, whether you need a touch-up or a total makeover. We offer a relaxing salon atmosphere, skillful stylists, and only the best in professional brands. When it's time for your next haircut, highlight session, or eyelash extension, look no further than Chroma Hair Studio & Spa.

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Unemployment rate unchanged in SC in July

South Carolina’s unemployment rate remained unchanged from June to July at 3.2%, with the state adding an estimated 16,300 nonfarm payroll jobs.The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce’s seasonally adjusted, monthly survey of houses estimated the number of South Carolinians working at 2,323,952, a drop of 2,293 people from the June estimate but an increase of 50,677 from July 2021. DEW’s estimate of unemployed people decre...

South Carolina’s unemployment rate remained unchanged from June to July at 3.2%, with the state adding an estimated 16,300 nonfarm payroll jobs.

The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce’s seasonally adjusted, monthly survey of houses estimated the number of South Carolinians working at 2,323,952, a drop of 2,293 people from the June estimate but an increase of 50,677 from July 2021. DEW’s estimate of unemployed people decreased to 75,685 in July, down 2,256 from June and 19,711 from July 2021.

The national unemployment rate dropped to 3.5% from 3.6%.

South Carolina’s estimated labor force, or people working plus those looking for work, decreased to 2,399,637, a drop of 4,549 from the June estimate and an increase of 30,966 from July 2021.

“In terms of the big picture, things are looking stable. … However, the estimated number of South Carolinians that were employed decreased by 2,293 from June,” Dan Ellzey, executive director of DEW, said in a news release. “This means that there was a 4,549-person decline in the labor force for the month of July, a first since the early days of the pandemic.

“It is likely that this stems from a one-time aberration in Current Population Survey data, which asks a little over 1,000 households a month in South Carolina about their labor force status. The disconnect in the numbers could also be due to other factors. For example, a person with multiple jobs counts once in the household survey, but twice or more in the employer survey.”

Industries reporting employment gains included education and health services, which added 4,100 jobs, and government, which added 3,600. The only industry reporting a drop was manufacturing, which lost 2,000 jobs.

From July 2021 to July 2022, South Carolina’s economy has added 79,900 nonfarm jobs, according to DEW.

Unemployment rates dropped in every S.C. county except Union, which saw an increase from 5.3% to 5.7%, and four counties where rates remained unchanged: Allendale, Dillon, Chester and Cherokee.

Richland County saw a drop to 3.3% in July from 3.5% in June, while unemployment dropped in Lexington County to 2.6% from 2.8%.

The Columbia metropolitan statistical area added 1,500 jobs from June to July and has added 6,900 from July 2021 to July 2022. Charleston/North Charleston added 3,800 month-to-month and 18,400 year-to-year. Greenville/Anderson/Mauldin added 3,400 month-to-month and 12,300 year-to-year, while Spartanburg added 700 and 4,800, respectively.

North Charleston drive-thru coffee shop top 20 in US and Canada, according to Yelp

Lodi Coffee owners Jennifer and Johnny Grosso pride themselves on customer service. The couple, who opened the North Charleston shop in 2020, strives to provide the perfect experience every single time.According to Yelp, they’re doing a pretty good job.The crowd-sourcing website with reviews about businesses and restaurants on Sept. 2 released its ...

Lodi Coffee owners Jennifer and Johnny Grosso pride themselves on customer service. The couple, who opened the North Charleston shop in 2020, strives to provide the perfect experience every single time.

According to Yelp, they’re doing a pretty good job.

The crowd-sourcing website with reviews about businesses and restaurants on Sept. 2 released its Top 100 Coffee Shops in the U.S. and Canada. Ranked “using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews,” Lodi landed at No. 20.

“It seems odd in a drive-thru but we have major regulars,” Jennifer Grosso said. “You can make that connection even if it’s just a few minutes of your day.”

The Yelp list says Lodi is known for “wild and wacky flavors, made fresh in-house.” That only scratches the surface.

Every drink that ends up on the expansive Lodi menu goes through rigorous rounds of tasting before it’s served to customers. Many flavors are based on nostalgia, like the Apple Jacks matcha, a spin on Grosso’s favorite sugary cereal as a kid. Others come from the customers themselves.

“We get a huge amount of inspiration from customers asking for things,” Grosso said. “We’ll pretty much consider any request as long as it’s within reason.”

Located in a converted bank at 2210 Ashley Phosphate Road, Lodi’s menu of fixtures and rotating specials features upwards of 100 drinks. Lodi’s latte list includes vanilla mint, honey lavender and peanut butter mocha, while matcha is mixed with anything from lemon shortbread to peanut butter and jelly.

And those who think it’s never too early for pumpkin spice season can currently find their favorites at Lodi. The drive-thru is serving more than a dozen new fall-flavored drinks, such as a caramel apple cream cold brew, pumpkin pie frappuccino and of course, the pumpkin spice latte.

The drinks are not as sweet as they seem because of the quality coffee and all-natural ingredients used to make them. Pumpkin drinks are made using real pumpkin, cinnamon sticks and spices like ginger, while the matcha is ceremonial grade.

The key to making the matcha blend with lavender, vanilla and other syrups that are made in-house is timing, Grosso said.

“We do everything by hand so we’re spinning it in real time,” she said. “Timing is kind of everything because we’re obviously going for speed here too.”

As the couple finds success in North Charleston, they are starting to expand. Construction has begun at locations in Mount Pleasant and Summerville, and a Lodi Coffee is still in the works at the corner of King and Huger streets.

The downtown shop will be located in a repurposed building that has housed a gas station, cab depot and most recently a small office building.

School district executive leaves behind 21 years of experience

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Of the recent high-level departures from the Charleston County School District, none leave with as much experience in the organization as Jennifer Coker.Her tenure with the district spanned 21 years and saw her in a number of leadership positions climbing the ladder until she rose to become the executive director of the Department of Alternative Programs and Services.Coker announced her retirement last Thursday and is expected to officially leave her position at the end of the month.The position...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Of the recent high-level departures from the Charleston County School District, none leave with as much experience in the organization as Jennifer Coker.

Her tenure with the district spanned 21 years and saw her in a number of leadership positions climbing the ladder until she rose to become the executive director of the Department of Alternative Programs and Services.

Coker announced her retirement last Thursday and is expected to officially leave her position at the end of the month.

The position came with the challenge of overseeing some of the most difficult students and tasked her with not only educating them but setting them up for success after high school. The most notable schools under her care have notoriously been Liberty Hill Academy and Daniel Jenkins Academy which have seen a bevy of violent incidents towards staff at the hands of students.

To Coker’s credit, the challenges at Daniel Jenkins are nothing she would not put herself through. Coker says she spent five years as the principal of the school, restoring more than100 students back to their home school. While there, she says they completed a “meaningful instructional program for students in the Juvenile Detention Center”.

Before that, she served as the principal of West Ashley Middle School.

“The school’s report card rating went from ‘At Risk’ in 2006 to ‘Average’ in 2009, an improvement of two levels under that system,” Coker said.

As the head of the district’s alternative programs, Coker had her hand in almost all of the programs aimed at helping students and addressing behavior. Coker says some her achievements include implementing a restorative practices framework that is now being implemented in 35 schools and initiating several task forces aimed at addressing issues like bullying.

Most recently and, perhaps most successfully, Coker found herself championing the district’s effort to address the mental health of students. She established a partnership with the Department of Mental Health to increase mental health services by 300% in six years and led the effort to supply calming kits and calming rooms to any school that wants them. She also launched the district’s art therapy program and took on the effort to develop and lead the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund III effort centered on wrap-around services.

Coker also lists securing a Project Prevent Grant among her top achievements. The grant provides $5 million to support seven North Charleston Schools.

“Throughout my tenure, no matter the role, developing leaders and encouraging people to see beyond their current position has been an honor,” Coker said. “Again, there are too many individuals to mention, but I hope they know impacted me far more than I could ever impact them.”

With her retirement, the Department of Alternative Programs and Services is expected to be reorganized. The details on what that means are still being finalized.

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Gov. Henry McMaster, Lt. Gov. Pamela S. Evette, and First Lady Peggy McMaster’s Weekly Schedule, August 29, 2022

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster, Lieutenant Governor Pamela S. Evette, and First Lady Peggy McMaster's schedules for the week of August 29 will include the following:Sunday, August 28 to Tuesday, August 30: Gov. McMaster will participate in the Southern States Energy Board's (SSEB) energy conference, Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Drive, Charleston, S.C.Monday, August 29 at 9:00 AM: Gov. McMaster participated in an event with Nephron Pharmaceuticals, Nephron Hangar, 2695 Aviation Way, West Col...

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster, Lieutenant Governor Pamela S. Evette, and First Lady Peggy McMaster's schedules for the week of August 29 will include the following:

Sunday, August 28 to Tuesday, August 30: Gov. McMaster will participate in the Southern States Energy Board's (SSEB) energy conference, Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Drive, Charleston, S.C.

Monday, August 29 at 9:00 AM: Gov. McMaster participated in an event with Nephron Pharmaceuticals, Nephron Hangar, 2695 Aviation Way, West Columbia, S.C.

Tuesday, August 30 at 9:15 AM: Gov. McMaster, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, and former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant will hold media availability about the Southern States Energy Board's (SSEB) energy conference, Charleston Marriott, Blue Topaz room, 170 Lockwood Drive, Charleston, S.C.

Tuesday, August 30 at 11:45 AM: Lt. Gov. Evette will speak at the BMW Women’s Executive Leadership Luncheon, Greenville Convention Center, Ballroom, 1 Exposition Drive, Greenville, S.C.

Tuesday, August 30 at 2:00 PM: Gov. McMaster will oversee a State Fiscal Accountability Authority meeting, Room 252, Edgar Brown Building, State House grounds, 1100 Gervais Street, Columbia, S.C.

Wednesday, August 31 at 4:00 PM: Gov. McMaster will hold a School Resource Officer School Safety event, Lexington Two Innovation Center, 509 Bulldog Boulevard, Cayce, S.C.

Thursday, September 1 at 10:00 AM: Gov. McMaster will participate in the Governor’s Summit on Veterans’ Affairs, University of South Carolina Alumni Center, 900 Senate Street, Columbia, S.C.

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Gov. Henry McMaster’s Weekly Schedule: August 22, 2022

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Henry McMaster’s schedule for the week of August 22, 2022, included:

Monday, August 22

5:35 PM: Agency call.

Wednesday, August 24

9:45 AM: Gov. McMaster held a ceremonial bill signing for H. 4837 Optometry Mobile Units, North Charleston Elementary School, 4921 Durant Avenue, North Charleston, S.C.

11:30 AM: Gov. McMaster joined Wounded Nature-Working Veterans, the S.C. Office of Resilience, and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources to tour abandoned commercial and recreational vessels in our waterways, Wappoo Boat Ramp, Charleston, S.C.

2:00 PM: Media availability.

Thursday, August 25

Gov. McMaster was in the Office of the Governor for office hours, 1100 Gervais Street, Columbia, S.C.

11:00 AM: Gov. McMaster held a ceremonial bill signing for S. 11 Paid Family Leave, State House, first floor, 1100 Gervais Street, Columbia, S.C.

1:30 PM: Meeting with a local official.

2:00 PM: Policy meeting.

3:30 PM: Agency meeting.

4:30 PM: Policy meeting.

Friday, August 26

Gov. McMaster was in the Office of the Governor for office hours, 1100 Gervais Street, Columbia, S.C.

3:15 PM: Agency meeting.

4:00 PM: Gov. McMaster and First Lady Peggy McMaster presented the Order of the Palmetto to Shawn Elliott, Governor’s Office, 1100 Gervais Street, Columbia, S.C.

Sunday, August 28

Gov. McMaster participated in the Southern States Energy Board's (SSEB) energy conference, Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Drive, Charleston, S.C.

3:30 PM: Gov. McMaster spoke at the Southern States Energy Board’s Executive Committee Meeting, Charleston Marriott, Crystal Ballroom ABC, 170 Lockwood Drive, Charleston, S.C.

5:00 PM: Policy meeting.

6:00 PM: Gov. McMaster spoke at the Southern States Energy Board’s Opening Reception and Dinner, The William Aiken House, Charleston, S.C.

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Single Tickets For ANNIE at the North Charleston PAC Go On Sale Next Week

The national tour of the beloved Broadway musical ANNIE will come to the North Charleston Performing Arts Center October 28 - 30, 2022. Tickets will go on sale Monday, September 12 at 10AM online at Ticketmaster.com and at the North Charleston Coliseum Advance Ticket Office. Ticket prices start at just $45 (plus applicable fees). For groups of 10 or more, email Groups@NorthCharlestonColiseumPAC.com.The show is part of the 2022-2023 Best of Broad...

The national tour of the beloved Broadway musical ANNIE will come to the North Charleston Performing Arts Center October 28 - 30, 2022. Tickets will go on sale Monday, September 12 at 10AM online at Ticketmaster.com and at the North Charleston Coliseum Advance Ticket Office. Ticket prices start at just $45 (plus applicable fees). For groups of 10 or more, email Groups@NorthCharlestonColiseumPAC.com.

The show is part of the 2022-2023 Best of Broadway series at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.

This new tour of the iconic Tony Award-winning production is directed by Jenn Thompson, who at the age of 10 stepped into the role of "Pepper" in the Original Broadway production. Scenic designs for the touring production are by Wilson Chin, whose work was most recently featured on Broadway in the critically acclaimed production of Pass Over.

"This show, with its iconic title character, continues to delight generations of theatre-lovers old and new by joyfully singing directly into the face of great adversity with perseverance, guts and guile," said director Jenn Thompson. "For decades, ANNIE has continued to shine brightly, not only as an appeal to our better angels, but also as an example of the thrill of hope, hard-won: promising a better 'Tomorrow' not only for Annie herself, but for all who need her message now more than ever."

Troika Entertainment's COO and Executive Producer, Kori Prior adds, "We are thrilled and excited to have Jenn Thompson helm this new tour of ANNIE. She brings such admiration and connection to the material that we know this production will be fresh, new and full of the heart that makes ANNIE the show we all love."

A multi-week city tour schedule beginning in the fall of 2022, as well as the full design team, will be announced later this spring. For more information, visit AnnieTour.com. For tour booking inquiries, please contact booking@bondtheatrical.com.

Holding onto hope when times are tough can take an awful lot of determination, and sometimes, an awful lot of determination comes in a surprisingly small package. Little Orphan Annie has reminded generations of theatergoers that sunshine is always right around the corner, and now the best-loved musical of all time is set to return in this new production - just as you remember it and just when we need it most. This celebration of family, optimism and the American spirit remains the ultimate cure for all the hard knocks life throws your way.

Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as, "one of the best family musicals ever penned!", ANNIE features the book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin. All three authors received 1977 Tony Awards for their work.

By permission of Tribune Content Agency, LLC, ANNIE is based on Harold Gray's popular comic strip "Little Orphan Annie" which premiered in the 1920s in the New York Daily News and became one of the most widely read strips in the 30s and 40s. Lyricist-director Martin Charnin bought a coffee table book called "The Life and Hard Times of Little Orphan Annie" as a Christmas gift for a friend in 1970. The clerk at the bookstore was too busy to wrap the book, so Charnin took the book home to wrap it. Instead, he read it and fell in love with the strip and set out to secure the rights. The friend never got the book.

The original production of ANNIE had its world premiere on Aug 10, 1976 at the Goodspeed Opera House (Michael J. Price, Executive Director) and opened on Broadway on April 21, 1977 at the Alvin Theatre (Neil Simon theatre). It went on to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, seven Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the Grammy for Best Cast Show Album and seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book (Thomas Meehan) and Best Score (Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin). It closed on Broadway after playing 2,377 performances. ANNIE was revived on Broadway in 1997 and again in 2014. It has been made into a film three times (1982, 1999, 2014) and was most recently featured as a live television production on NBC. The show remains one of the biggest Broadway musical hits ever; it has been performed in 28 languages and has been running somewhere around the world for 37 years.

The beloved score for ANNIE includes "Maybe," "It's the Hard Knock Life," "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You" and the eternal anthem of optimism, "Tomorrow."

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