Annie is a Broadway musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie. With music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin, the original Broadway production opened in 1977 and ran for nearly six years. The musical’s songs “Tomorrow” and “It’s the Hard Knock Life” are among its most popular musical numbers. The cast of orphans sing “It’s the Hard Knock Life” as they lament their struggles laboring for the unscrupulous Miss Hannigan. Jay-Z spun this into the innovative rap song, “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem),” in 2002, where he likened the hardships of the orphans to the struggles of kids growing up in the ghetto.
Listen a lot to Katy Perry’s “Roar” (yes, I have two daughters) and you will notice the outline of another song within the 2013 mega-hit. It’s there in the jabbing piano chords at the beginning and the jaunty beat that tells us that, although poor Katy has been dealt a harsh hand by love, the plucky gal is going to be just fine.
ANNIE was one of the biggest Broadway musical hits of the 1970s, running for almost six years and playing 2,377 performances. The 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”.
Annie opened April 21, 1977, at the Alvin Theatre and 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’s the Hard Knock Life” is a song from which 1970s Broadway musical?
The Answer is Annie