Monday, February 4, 2013

Chase Away the Winter Blues With "Annie" at the Palace Theater - @ANNIEonBroadway

Annie - the Musical on Broadway

  • Starring Lilla Crawford, Katie Finneran and Anthony Warlow
  • Performances at the Palace Theater on Broadway (Between 46th and 47th)
  • Directed by James Lapine and Choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler
  • A Play in Two Parts - 90 Minutes Including a 15 Minute Intermission
  • Tickets at the Box Office or Through Ticket Master (prices vary)
  • Group Sale Prices for Parties of Twelve or More
  • For More Information Call  (212)840-3890 or  (800)714-8452

Annie is back on Broadway and performing each Tuesday through Sunday evening.  Matinees are also scheduled for weekends and select Wednesdays.  The show is at the historic Palace Theater on Broadway between 46th and 47th streets.  This past weekend they played their 100th show brightening up the New York winter with the promise of "Tomorrow".

I have seen many different renditions of this show - in fact - it was the very first Broadway play I saw as a young girl in the late 1970's.  I, along with many other girls my age, memorized the soundtrack and had my own dreams of basking in the footlights one day.  That has probably been my only complaint with seeing other actresses play the role of Annie - I think they were all trying to hard to recapture somebody else's version of it.  Lilla Crawford will never be accused of that!  She is definitely a brand new spin on an iconic character.  She sports copper curls and bawdy Bowery accent reshaping Annie into an edgier, updated version of everyone's favorite orphan.

Katie Finneran does a fine job as Mrs. Hannigan, but oh, my!  Anthony Warlow may just be my favorite Daddy Warbucks, ever!  Thank you, Australia for lending us this great talent!  The orphans are fantastic, too.  (You can catch a peek of them below.)  Even Sunny the dog did a spectacular job playing Sandy.

As always this is a great show for the family and a special treat for young daughters.  Even so, as a grown up native New Yorker I think I enjoyed it even more than before.  The reality of the Great Depression, funny political references, and the nods to New York history add a new depth to the show that I couldn't appreciate as a child.

The set designers were very creative, and did a great job bringing New York City to life, and presenting the Warbucks mansion as a storybook.  
Visit the Annie The Musical Website for photos, reviews, ticketing, and a lot more information about the show. You can also follow on Facebook, Google Plus, or Twitter. 
Thanks so much to Annie: The Musical and the East Coast Region US Family Guide for providing tickets in exchange for this review.