[The good folks at Olney Theatre invited me to attend this production but I was going to be giving a keynote talk on a cruise for the Midwest Women’s Empowerment Summit, so my mom – who traveled to Maryland to watch the kids – went instead! This is her review… thanks Mom!!]
I went to this musical production excited to hear one of my favorite scores, which my children have sung since they were toddlers, and I was not disappointed.
From the moment Little Orphan Annie’s character, played by Noelle Robinson, appeared on stage, revealing her captivating personality, to the final bows, the show was upbeat, funny and tore at the heartstrings.
The production presented some changes to the original score but the old standbys, It’s a Hard Knock Life, Little Girls, I Think I’m Gonna Like it Here, You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile, Easy Street and, of course, Tomorrow were all show stoppers.
The performances by members of the diverse cast (i.e. it was exciting to see the lead Annie and Daddy Warbucks played by African-American actors) brought energy and humor, showcasing enormous talent from the delightful orphan Molly, played by Kylee Hope Geraci to the imposing Oliver Warbucks played by Kevin McAllister.
The sets, though simple, vividly brought the show to life, transporting the audience from the orphanage to Daddy Warbuck’s mansion and locations in between.
This is a ‘must see’ for youth and adults; music lovers and drama aficionados. It is great theatre!
Annie runs November 10, 2017 – December 31, 2017 and tickets begin at $47. Visit OlneyTheatre.org to purchase.
ABOUT THE SHOW
From the director of last year’s hit holiday musical, Mary Poppins, the sun will come out brightly during the holidays. Annie has been the gateway for millions of kids to develop a love of live theatre, with this 40th Anniversary production, a new generation gets its shot. It’s the middle of the Great Depression in New York City, and hard-knocks abound, especially for Annie and her friends at the orphanage run by Miss Hannigan. But when billionaire-celebrity Oliver Warbucks requires the presence of an orphan to soften his image, Annie unexpectedly finds a way into his heart. Along the way, Warbucks attempts to help Annie find her lost parents, prompting Miss Hannigan to concoct a scheme intended to get her hands on Annie and Warbucks’ cash. Featuring Patricia Hurley (Mary Poppins), Kevin McAllister (Ford’s Theatre’s Ragtime), Rachel Zampelli (Evita), and Wilson Jermaine Heredia (Rent – Tony Award® Winner). Annie is recommended for ages 5+.
**Parental Guidance for the performance HERE.
Disclosure: We received complimentary show tickets for this performance. All opinions are Mommy’s own!