Annie: An Official A&M Review

Yesterday evening Annie opened at the Orpheum, bringing with it the most diverse crowd of attendees I’ve ever seen. From very small children dressed in Annie-esque attire to women well into their 80s, Annie is a show that continues to captures the hearts of multiple generations. The touring cast brings the magical story to life, with a supremely talented group of orphan girls and equally impressive cast of adults.
The show starts out strong with well-loved numbers Maybe, Hard Knock Life, and Tomorrow all in the first half hour. The orphan girls are expressive, spunky, and rightfully angsty about their existence in the orphanage run by a not-so-beloved Miss Hannigan. Though small, their voices are anything but and I was once again left to ponder how such young people can be so much more talented than I ever will.
(l to r) Isabel Wallach as Duffy, Lilly Mae Stewart as Molly, LillyBea Ireland as Tessie, Issie Swickle as Annie, Angelina Carballo as July, Sydney Shuck as Kate and Adia Dant as Pepper in “It’s The Hard Knock Life” Photo credit: Joan Marcus

(l to r) Isabel Wallach as Duffy, Lilly Mae Stewart as Molly, LillyBea Ireland as Tessie, Issie Swickle as Annie, Angelina Carballo as July, Sydney Shuck as Kate and Adia Dant as Pepper in “It’s The Hard Knock Life”
Photo credit: Joan Marcus

Miss Hannigan is played perfectly, and in some respects is the star of the show with her larger-than-life voice and accompanying attitude. Perhaps I liked her because I felt a bit sympathetic toward her; I myself am not a huge fan of small children.
Lynn Andrews as Miss Hannigan in “Little Girls” Photo credit: Joan Marcus

Lynn Andrews as Miss Hannigan in “Little Girls”
Photo credit: Joan Marcus

Even so, I found Annie to be delightful. Don’t expect big, elaborate dance numbers – choreography is fairly minimal and in those instances basic in a traditional sense (plenty of jazz hands). What I was more impressed with were the sets; in fact, I’d go as far as to say Annie has had the best set of any show yet this year. Moving from the orphanage to a billionaire’s home to the White House, the sets truly helped the story come alive.

Annie the Musical

Annie truly is a treat, whether for date night or a family outing. Check it out at the Orpheum Theatre between now and Sunday April 5th. Get your tickets here.

— Maureen

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