Review – Annie the Musical

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Leapin’ Lizards! America’s best-loved orphan is back.


This production of Annie is a brand new embodiment of the original 1977 production. Annie includes all of your favorite songs, “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” and Annie’s anthem, “Tomorrow.”

9 year-old Issie Swickle who plays Annie was simply a delight to watch. She seemed comfortable in her role and had an infectious and energetic personality. She performed her musical numbers with ease and confidence.

Besides Issie Swickle as Annie, Lynn Andrews was the highlight of the show as Miss Hannigan. Her performance as the mean-spirited caregiver of the orphans was funny and entertaining. She belts outs all her songs with pizzaz and owns the stage in each of her scenes.

As for the rest of the cast, Gilgamesh Taggett (Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks), Ashley Edler (Grace Farrell), Garrett Deagon (Rooster Hannigan), and Lucy Werner (Lily St. Regis), I found them to be boring but effective in their roles. My mistake may have been watching the 1982 John Huston movie before reviewing this.

The cast of orphans were talented and did an amazing job especially Lilly Mae Stewart as Molly. I don’t think she could have been any cuter!

And of course, there is Sunny, a 4-year-old rescue terrier mix, who stars as Sandy. He received a bunch of “Oohs & Aahs” every time he appeared on stage.

The main reason to see Annie is to expose your children to the theatre and to also see their delight as they watch this timeless story come to life on stage. For me, this production lacked some of the charm and the magic of musical theatre.

ANNIE plays at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre through November 16, 2014. Tickets are priced at $35.00 – $125.00; all prices include a $3.75 facility fee per ticket. Tickets are now on sale at the Citi Center box office, through or by calling 800-982-ARTS (2787), or through Ticketmaster.

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