Through January 17, 2016
Late in the second act of “Annie,” billionaire industrialist Oliver Warbucks (a wonderful Gilgamesh Taggett) sings about his empty life in "Something Was Missing." The lyrics also apply to the tour of this musical, and what is missing is any semblance of spontaneity.
To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's CJN article here.
How can one not like a story about an orphan kid who finds herself being adopted by a billionaire, a stray dog who is saved from the pound, a billionaire with a heart, a bunch of singing and dancing orphans, and a female villain who gets her due punishment? Add fine singing, some fun comedy shticks, and clear characterizations. Leapin’ Lizards, even if it’s a little tired, you’ll probably like seeing “ANNIE, ANNIE, ANNIE!”
Everything went well. But, everything lacked that spontaneity and energy of an opening night. No one is to blame. The anxiety was normal and, I assume, by the time the show has finished its scheduled tour in Portland, OR, in May, everyone will have settled in place and peace will surround the cast.
To see a full review of this show, read David's posts at Talkin' Broadway
This is a good family theater experience that everyone will enjoy. Although it has a short run through to Sunday, January 17, 2016 it would be worth your effort to gather the clan for a fun evening of musical theater. There is a load of cuteness throughout and hummable songs to take home as well. Top notch performances, orchestra and stage sets add to the fun.
Opening night demonstrated that this show still resonates with children. In the plus column are a competent cast with standout performances by Lynn Andrews as Miss Hannigan and local favorite Gilgamesh Taggett as Oliver Warbucks. One can almost look past the totally uninspired choreography.
Click here to read the complete review at WestLife