Wheaten Terrier retires from Annie role after 10 years

Friday, 30th December 2011

A soft-coated Wheaten Terrier is set to enjoy a normal life with plenty of pet toys and dog walks after retiring from the role of Sandy in the musical Annie.

Danny, who is almost 11, has played the faithful pet in the stage show for ten years and has performed the role over 14,000 times, reports the BBC.

His owner, Rita Mansell, said she has been told that Danny holds the world record for the most theatrical performances by a dog.

Danny’s last performance will take place at the Cambridge Corn Exchange on New Year’s Eve.

Ms Mansell told the news provider: "Danny absolutely loves it, though. The show doesn't tour all year so he gets plenty of time off to do ordinary doggy things, when we're back home in Oakengates.

"He would really miss the reactions of the audience when he's on stage. He loves the 'ahhhs' he hears when he first walks on."

Annie was first performed on Broadway in 1977. It features hit songs such as the award winning tracks Tomorrow and Hard Knock Life.