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The award winning Life After Tomorrow, a film by Julie Stevens and Gil Cates, Jr., reunites more than 40 women who played orphans in the original Broadway production of Annie and reveals the highs and lows of their experiences as child actresses in a cultural phenomenon. Once the curtain came down, many found it could be a hard-knock-life, fraught with out-of-control stage mothers, separation anxiety, and worst of all, pubescent growth spurts that could find the moppets being replaced by smaller, younger editions just waiting in the wings. As one cast member in the film remarks, The younger ones are coming to take your place and you're 12. It's not like you are getting downsized at 50...you're 12!. While their lives moved on, the impact of the experience remains. Features behind-the-curtain footage from the original Broadway production and performances with the re-united orphans.

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The magic of Annie has always been related to the tens of thousands of girls who dreamed of being in the show, and Ms. Stevens' film is about those girls who's dreams came true. --The New York Times

A delightful and insightful behind-the-curtain glimpse into the lives of a group of young girls who survived 'Annie.' --Hollywood Reporter

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  • Actors: Allison Smith, Dara Brown, Julie Stevens, Charles Strouse, Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Directors: Julie Stevens, Jr. Gil Cates
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: HART SHARP VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: February 26, 2008
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010VD7HG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,256 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Life After Tomorrow" on IMDb

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Life After Tomorrow is a documentary about what happens in life after your dreams come true. The film reunites cast members who played orphans in the Broadway production of Annie. Via interviews with high-profile "annies" like Sarah Jessica Parker, viewers get a glimpse of life inside the dream-nights at Studio 54 when you're ten, life on the road with tutors who got high, stage mothers who had affairs with stage fathers and subsequent abortions, and worst of all, growth spurts which predicated your removal from the show. As one cast member in the film remarks, "the younger ones are coming to take your place and you're 12."

This isn't a US Weekly type of documentary. There are no child star "smash-ups" here-no stories of "annies" robbing liquor marts for drug money because they weren't able to readjust to life after stardom. The tragedy here is subtle and understated. Many of these women admit to being forced off stage and continuing life with the nagging hope in their heart that they would get back to Broadway. Life happens to these actresses-they become financial planners, mothers and annoying stage mothers, but some of them are obviously stuck somewhere else-not in tomorrow, but yesterday-when they were singing and dancing in Annie. Some of them haven't self-actualized which is unpleasant to see in someone who is turning 40. Others have adjusted OK. It's interesting, but it's also a hard-knock life when you peak at 10.
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I saw this film at a festival screening and enjoyed it immensely! The woman who directed it was herself an ANNIE alumna, and she has persuaded many of her fellow former orphans to reflect on their shared experiences. The result is a rare chance for theatre lovers to peek behind the scenes and gain some insight into what it's like to be a youngster on and off the stage of a monster musical hit. I found the revelations fascinating, if not always as wholesome as the show's enduring image. In addition to the women who once played orphans, we hear from principals from the show like lyricist and perennial ANNIE director Martin Charnin and Harve "Daddy Warbucks" Presnell, as well as an extreme ANNIE fan, among others.
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If you grew up in the 70s and 80s and loved the musical Annie, this documentary is for you! You can catch up with the girls that you saw on Broadway and touring the country as Annie and the orphans and hear a lot of behind the scenes stories that will shock you and make you laugh.

This is also great for any parent who is considering introducing her child to the world of showbiz!
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Saw this on cable in late 2007. Great documentary look at showbiz and its effects on children, rising child stars, and STAGE MOTHERS. There were some interesting stories about off-stage affairs between some of the parents who traveled with the children on tour.

I love showbiz behind-the-scenes peeks, and this one is a winner.
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LIFE AFTER TOMORROW is a documentary about women who were in either the Broadway show or a touring company of the Broadway musical ANNIE as children. Some were actual "Annies" and others played one of the seven orphan girls. The women reveal some "shocking" behind the scenes secrets about pushy stage mothers, jealous adult cast members, neglectful inept tutors and some other sort of sordid details of stage life that we kind of take for granted happen in professional theater productions. Most of the women loved being part of ANNIE and the biggest regret of many is that no other experience has really lived up to it. Maybe some counseling when they left the show to return to normal life would have been beneficial but it is tough to work up too much sympathy for these women who seemingly benefited from a great gig.
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There's a story to tell here. Unfortunately, this film doesn't really tell it in a coherent manner. Some narration would have helped pull it together; as it is, it's basically a series of clips. Interview, clip from a show, interview interview clip, etc. If there was any meaning to the ordering of the clips, I couldn't find it -- and really, that's not something the viewer shouldn't have to work for. Was that clip from a performance of the girl that was just interviewed, or the girl about to be interviewed? Both? Neither?

The GLARING absence of Andrea McArdle or even a single mention of her name is just odd. She appears in a few clips, but is otherwise I understand that she wasn't interested in participating, which is fine and it's not the filmmakers' fault, but surely a note saying "We reached out to the first Annie to appear on Broadway, Andrea McArdle. She declined to be interviewed," could have been added. As it is, she's completely MIA. She's the elephant in the documentary and it's just awkward.

Overall, I'd say it's mildly interesting in content, but amateurish in the execution.
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For anyone who has ever wondered "What happened to that child star" here is the answer for at least one play. I loved the way the film did not really make judgements and that there was a balance in the memories (good and bad) from prior castmembers. My one request would have been, more of behind the scenes of the play itself. If you take a look at the video, be sure to check out the extras as there are some quite enjoyable additions in this area. I remember seeing Annie when it first came out and this brought back some great memories!
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