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76 Star Starred
Wheelock Family Theatre
Wheelock College 200 The Riverway Boston, MA 02215
617-879-2300
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4.7 / 5 Rated by 40 members
Review from jdo
15 events 7 reviews

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".

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reviewed Oct 23 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Yvonne M Goulart
Red Velvet 44 events 27 reviews

Great family show. Daddy Warbucks, Rooster and Grace Farrell are standouts! Well worth the price of admission and the seats were good!

reviewed Nov 19 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from bensjane
52 events 18 reviews

This was a very professional performance, far above what you might expect from a children's theater. Our whole family absolutely loved it!

reviewed Nov 05 2010 report as inappropriate
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In honor of Little Orphan Annie, Goldstar dreams up “Hug the Redhead” Day.

Description

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.

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