Holiday heat wave in Gotham

Return of 'Annie' provides Christmas competish

Competition for the family holiday dollar is heating up in New York theater.

In addition to evergreen staple “The Radio City Christmas Spectacular” and “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas — The Musical,” a certain red-headed tyke will be back in town when “Annie” plays the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

The 30th-anniversary touring production of the Little Orphan Annie musical by Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin and Thomas Meehan is booked at the Garden for 32 performances Dec. 6-30. Tuner was last seen in New York in the 1997 Tony-winning revival.

Produced by Ken Gentry and Networks Presentations, the tour has a cast of 28. It opened in August 2005 in Seattle and has played 34 cities to date.

The Radio City show this year will play 200 perfs, running Nov. 9-Dec. 30, while the transfer of San Diego’s Old Globe production of “The Grinch” will check into the Hilton Theater for a limited run Oct. 25-Jan. 7.

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