Annie: The Hit Broadway Musical from Wheelock Family Theatre
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The last date listed for Annie was Saturday November 20, 2010 / 7:30pm.
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from jdo
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The cast was terrific, with acting abilities as good as any. They were talented and entusiastic. Miss Hanigan was particularly distasteful. Singing was very good but occasional pitch problems kept them just shy of an "excellent".
The production was professional, the theater was perfect (our first visit to WFT), and the music was great.
If the Broadway production scored 100, I would give this production a 90. An amazing feat for a local cast and production. Well done.
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This was an excellent rendition and a lot of fun. The cast came out into the audience and sang, which was very engaging. The audience was 80% children, so keep that in mind if you are looking for a grown up experience.
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Quotes & Highlights
In honor of Little Orphan Annie, Goldstar dreams up “Hug the Redhead” Day.
Book by Thomas Meehan
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Based on the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” by Harold Gray
Directed by Jane Staab
Musical Direction by Steven Bergman
Scenic Design by Anita Fuchs
Costume Design by Lisa Simpson
Choreography by Laurel Conrad
Lighting Design by Dan Jentzen.
Featuring Grace Brakeman as Annie, Tim Smith as Daddy Warbucks, and Cheryl McMahon as Mrs. Hannigan
“The sun’ll come out tomorrow” sings the feisty, red-headed title character of the classic Broadway musical Annie. When Annie sings about her personal yearning for a better “tomorrow,” she not only offers the audience a hummable melody, but — more symbolically — she encapsulates the zeitgeist of Depression-era America in one rousing refrain.
The musical’s story is not ripped from the headlines, but, rather, the funnies. Inspired by Harold Gray’s weekly comic strip “Little Orphan Annie,” which saw its debut in 1924, the musical follows the trials and triumphs of its exuberant protagonist Annie who, along with several other girls, resides in a dreary New York City orphanage under the protection of their negligent guardian, Ms. Hannigan. Convinced that her parents will “Maybe” return for her one day, Annie remains hopeful even in the face of loneliness and poverty. Everything changes, however, when millionaire Oliver Warbucks — as a public image gesture — adopts Annie (and, of course, her lovable dog Sandy), reluctantly welcoming the pair into his lavish lifestyle.
At its core, Annie is a story about the powerful harmony that can exist between children and adults, a bond that breaches socioeconomic and cultural barriers, and ultimately proves that it matters not from whom children receive love and affection, but that children know they are loved by someone.