Maltz Jupiter Theatre


April 24, 2009 (Jupiter, FL) - Martin Charnin, creator, director and lyricist of Annie, will be theatrically reunited with his original Annie, Andrea McArdle, for the first time since the mega-musical was on Broadway in 1977.  They team up again in Love is Love, a brand new musical revue conceived and directed by Charnin, which will premiere in Florida at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre for ten performances as a special limited engagement from October 15 - 25, 2009.

McArdle first captured hearts everywhere in 1976 when she originated the title role in Annie and introduced the eternal "Tomorrow" at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut before it moved to Broadway and ran for 2,327 performances.  With her curly red hair and strong instantly identifiable sound, McArdle was the youngest performer at the time to be nominated for a Tony Award as Best Lead Actress in a Musical. Since then, she has starred in many Broadway musicals, national and international tours, as well as concerts and cabaret performances and even recreated her role as Annie in London with Charnin in 1978.

In Love is Love, Charnin has cast McArdle as one of the women that will take you on a journey that grapples with the mysteries and complications of that most elusive and indescribable emotion. With music and lyrics by Charnin, Richard Gray, and monologues by five celebrated librettists, this new musical revue highlights a multitude of female adventures, from love at first sight with its butterfly beginnings, to keeping love alive, to the dying embers of a love gone wrong.

Originally, the cast was to be three women; however, given the talent Charnin found at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre during auditions, he has increased the cast to feature four women.  The newest addition to the Love is Love cast is Avery Sommers, a Broadway veteran and Carbonell Award winner.  Sommers will join the cast which includes: Patti Eyler and Laura Hodos, both Florida theatrical stalwarts, along with McArdle.

Love is Love, produced by Rodger Hess in conjunction with the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, will be onstage Thursday, October 15 through Sunday, October 18 and Thursday, October 22 through Sunday, October 25;  Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 2 and 8pm and Sundays at 2pm.

All Maltz Jupiter Theatre limited engagement tickets will go on sale Friday, May 1st and tickets for Love is Love will be $28 for orchestra seats and $25 for mezzanine. For more information and tickets, please call the box office at (561) 575-2223 or visit online at

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is an award-winning professional not-for-profit regional theatre dedicated to the performing arts whose mission is to entertain, educate and inspire our community. The Theatre is a member of the prestigious League of Resident Theatres and is located east of U.S. Highway 1 at 1001 East Indiantown Road and State Road A1A in Jupiter.

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