On the eve of Warbucks’ launch of a momentous new business, Annie, now 15, and her orphan friends have to solve a shocking mystery that threatens to cripple Warbucks Industries. A re-imagined sequel to the beloved “Annie” stage play.
A re-imagined sequel to the beloved Annie stage play, this all-ages podcast – filled with music and songs over dozens of episodes – is set ﬁve years after Annie’s adoption by Oliver Warbucks in near future New York City. On the eve of Warbucks’ launch of a momentous new business, Annie, now 15, and her orphan friends must solve a shocking mystery that threatens to cripple Warbucks Industries. And Annie’s old nemesis, Agatha Hannigan, may have a role to play.
Tomorrow offers entry points for both 3rd to 5th grade levels and 6th to 8th grades through resources designed around the famous songs from the stage play that are reimagined in the podcast, as well as other contemporary hits. This podcast has been used as part of an ELA and Music curriculum.
Genres: Mystery, Adventure, Music
Themes: Coming-of-Age, Hope, Temptation, Forgiveness, Music
Avg. Episode Length: 10-20 minutes
No. of Episodes: 52 episodes (13 hours)
OVERVIEW OF CLASSROOM MATERIALS
Hey Educators! You’re excited to use Tomorrow in class, and maybe you’re asking yourself where do I start or what’s the best way to listen? The answer is that thousands of teachers across the United States and Canada use Gen-Z Media podcasts in dozens of different ways for multiple grade levels, classroom-wide, for breakout groups, to reward learning, and as homework. To the right, you’ll find customized materials that support a flexible and powerful staged approach to engaging with the podcast, which also aligns with common standards. And they’re free!
The Listening Guide offers a simple and effective way to guide your students through themes of story and character development, help guide their search for clues and evidence, and encourage their development of bigger ideas. It is available in both digital and printable versions, and is designed to be simple and intuitive to use. The accompanying video demonstrates ways to use the Listening Guide in more detail.
The Explore Board is a resource for students both before they start listening to the podcast and while listening. The Explore Board resource, customized to each podcast, introduces students to concepts, themes and topics of the podcast and helps them hone skills for deeper learning engagement with the podcast. Because you may have specific ideas you want your students to explore while listening, the Explore Board can be easily edited so that you can tailor it to fit student and classroom needs. A separate video, “Workflow Options,” and accompanying text instructions on the “Where Do I Start” page lays out the simple steps for modifying and sharing the Explore Board and other resources. Microsoft users, there are instructions in that video for you too, explaining how to convert these resources to OneDrive.
The Choice Board is a resource for students to use after they have finished listening to the podcast. The Choice Board, customized to each podcast, takes a deeper dive into major themes, concepts and topics introduced in the podcast. The Choice Board features a combination of anchor assignments and lighter exercises, so you’ll find helpful direction and support for every student. Like the paired Explore Board to support student engagement before and during listening, the Choice Board can also be easily edited so that you can tailor it to fit student and classroom needs. A separate video, “Workflow Options,” and accompanying text instructions on the “Where Do I Start” page lays out the simple steps for modifying and sharing the Choice Board and other resources. Microsoft users, there are instructions in that video for you too, explaining how to convert these resources to OneDrive.
Here is a handy link to a PDF of Standards associated with Tomorrow classroom engagement.
Annie Warbucks and Agatha Hannigan, two names forever connected by events that made one of them the richest girl in the world…and sent the other to prison.
Tomorrow is an original, scripted series set in a post-pandemic New York City, five years after “little orphan” Annie was adopted by billionaire Oliver Warbucks (Lance Reddick, The Wire, Fringe). Now 15, Annie (Abbie Grace Levi), a singer-songwriter/influencer extraordinaire, is about to face the biggest test of her signature positivity when a mystery rocks the Warbucks empire. Annie must rely on her pals from the orphanage, Molly, Tessie and Pepper, and her artificial intelligence “butler” Drake (Alan Ruck, Succession) to save her family.
Agatha Hannigan (Tony Award winner Laura Benanti) has spent five years in prison, revisiting her bad choices and stewing about the billionaire and his adopted daughter who put her behind bars. Finally released back into society, Hannigan will have to decide: Does she want to turn her life around, or does she want revenge?
From Gen-Z Media, creators of the Peabody Award-winning The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel and the hit family podcast, Six Minutes, Tomorrow combines the heart, humor and hope of the original stage play with elements of serialized mystery and high stakes adventure. Featuring fresh takes on beloved songs and a star-studded cast, it’s a modern story for all the many generations who grew up on “Annie.”
Created and produced by David Kreizman, Ben Strouse and Chris Tarry at Gen-Z Media. Story by David Kreizman and Ben Strouse. Written by David Kreizman, Ben Strouse, Donna Swajeski and Marla Kanelos. Producer: Claire McClanahan. Original music and arrangements by Chris Tarry, Jennifer Rowekamp, and David Molloy. Sound design, mixing, and editing by Chris Tarry with voice editing and additional sound design by Darian Newsome. Annie vocals by Haley Klinkhammer. Directed by David Kreizman and Claire McClanahan. Additional voice direction by Michelle Tattenbaum. Based on story and characters from the musical “Annie” by Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin and Thomas Meehan.
New episodes of Tomorrow come out every Monday for free wherever you get your podcasts. Listen 1-week early and to all episodes ad-free with Wondery+, Wondery+ Kids on Apple Podcasts, or Amazon Music with a Prime membership or Amazon Music Unlimited subscription.
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Five years after Annie’s adoption, Agatha Hannigan is released from prison and Oliver Warbucks wants her to disappear. Meanwhile Annie spends the night before her big anniversary party by visiting some important people in her life.