Broadway's favorite family musical, Annie The Musical on Broadway playing at the Palace Theatre in New York will certainly amuse you from beginning to end. The amazing and uplifting show is about a positive orphan by the name of Annie who lives a hard knock life who has entertained many audiences ever since the original musical in 1977. Based on a comic strip "Little Orphan Annie" by Harold Gray and book by Tony Award winner Thomas Meehan, the musical is about a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel and embittered Miss Hannigan. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, optimistic Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil schemes, meets President Franklin D. Roosevelt and finds a new family and home with billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal assistant Grace Farell and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
Annie appears on the radio on a show by Bert Healy and sings, "Maybe." Warbucks announces that he is offering $50,000 to the couple who can prove they are her parents. Afterwards Bert Healy and the Boylan Sisters perform the song, "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" and the orphans dance and sing along. Miss Hannigan barges in and wants to know what is happening and is pleased with the news. Shortly after, a couple named Ralph and Shirley Mudge arrive, saying they left a little girl here eleven years ago and have come back for her. Miss Hannigan is shocked. They soon reveal themselves as Rooster and Lily, and explain their plan for the reward. They request information about Annie from Miss Hannigan for one third of the money, though she demands one half for this service. Warbucks knows nothing about this and decides to adopt Annie after she meets President Roosevelt in Washington, D.C. and sings "Tomorrow" and her parents don't show up.
Judge Brandeis shows up to begin the adoption proceedings, but is interrupted by Mr. and Mrs. Madge (Rooster and Lily in disguise) who come up to pick Annie. Grace and Warbucks is shocked but Warbucks does not believe they are her parents. After the Christmas party, Warbucks receives a surprise visit from President Roosevelt and the Secret Service. It is revealed by him that Annie's actual parents, David and Margaret Bennett passed away when she was a baby.
The awe-inspiring revival is a classic favorite among many but especially among young audiences. The most adorable acts of the play are the ones when Sunny who plays Sandy the dog and not Hurricane Sandy makes the entrance, in other acts with Annie and when the pre-show announcement delivered barks by Sandy are translated by a human voice. The other adorable and spunky young girls who play orphans beside Annie also make the audience sigh.
The role of Annie was recently played by the cheery, confident and adorable Lila Crawford who delivered an outstanding performance and is now being played by Taylor Richardson who delivers a similar performance. The hilarious Miss Hannigan is always the show's main attraction who is the little-girl hating head of the orphanage recently played by the spunky Jane Lynch and is now being played by Faith Prince. The show is cleverly directed by three-time Tony Award winner, James Lapine and newly choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler. The uplifting music by Tony Award winner Charles Strouse and lyrics by Tony Award winner Martin Charnin with songs like "Tomorrow" and "It's the Hard Knock Life" is what make the feel good musical more impressive. The show's festive scenic design by David Korins is holiday and winter-themed and all take place in New York City in December 1933. The sun will surely come out tomorrow with Annie The Musical on Broadway. The musical will be closing January of next year so make sure you don't miss it as it is a must-see! It is playing in its final weeks. For additional information, please visit http://anniethemusical.com.