Annie at the Paramount

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“The sun’ll come out, tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar, that tomorrow, there’ll be sun.”

Did you sing that as you read it? I did as I wrote it.

Last night I got to see Annie at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle. Directed by Martin Charnin, it was a fantastic show!Paramount theaterI fell in love watching the movie as a kid. But it never struck me as sad when I was younger because I didn’t understand the caliber of Annie’s situation-not to mention the other girls at the orphanage.

As a mom, I was practically sobbing when the kids onstage sang “instead of kisses, we get kicked.” Luckily, it’s a fun, upbeat song with great choreography. Plus its nearly impossible to avoid singing along to “It’s the Hard Knock Life.”

Born in Florida, Issie Swickle is on her National Tour debut as the adorable orphan Annie. What an incredible talent! She’s so young, but she’s already a natural on stage!

There are several other talented kiddos in the cast. I’m always amazed when I see a production with kids and every single one of them are amazing!

Oliver Warbucks is played by Gilgamesh Taggett, and he was perfect as the stern, rich guy that ends up being a huge softy. His character’s adoration for Annie is contagious.  Turns out one of my favorite songs is with him and Annie near the end of the production. “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” turned on this mama’s waterworks once again while watching. They paired the song with a darling waltz dance number.

The audience favorite seemed to be a toss up between the strict, drunken, and hilarious Miss Hannigan played by Lynn Andrews, and the adorable, well-behaved dog that played Sandy. It’s still a toss up for me.

Don’t get me wrong, the entire cast was incredible! But when Miss Hannigan was onstage, you could feel the entire audience smile. Then when the dog came on for the first time, I think we were all shocked-ok, at least I was. How do you find a dog that is well behaved enough to be onstage in front of a huge audience?

In the past, I have never paid much attention to the sets. In this production, they stood out as the best I’ve seen. The incredible backdrops, paired with the perfect lighting, took you all the way to the 1930’s. It changed flawlessly several times throughout the musical. It’s  hard for me to wrap my head around the talent that put them all together, and the teamwork it takes to change it so often during just one production.

With the classic musical numbers, upbeat choreography, and the unforgettable  orphaned red-head, Annie is a fantastic show for the whole family. I didn’t take my kids this time because I think they’re a bit young (2 and 4). Instead, I had a fabulous excuse to go out for a girls night! What better reason to get out of the house gussied up ?!paramount theaterIf you’re in the Seattle area and you would like to see Annie at the Paramount, it will be here through September 26th. With tickets starting at $25, it is absolutely worth it! You can get tickets online at stgpresents.org or  tickets.com.

If you aren’t in the Seattle area, don’t worry! Seattle is the first stop on their National Tour. Check out Annie The Musical to see if they’re coming to a city near you!

Disclosure-I received tickets for myself and three guests to attend the musical production of Annie at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle. All opinions are my own.

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13 Comments

  • Reply Twitchetts.com

    Sounds like a Great Show!! And yes a sang the first line ?.

    September 21, 2015 at 8:21 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      It was! Hahahaha!! Awesome!

      September 21, 2015 at 8:51 pm
  • Reply Jules Ruud

    Looks like a great time! I love LOVE musicals and see them live every chance I get. Oh, and I will be singing Annie all day, no apologies.

    September 22, 2015 at 6:42 am
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Me too!! This one has made my top 5! I’ve been singing it since I knew I was going. Hard not to. Lol!

      September 22, 2015 at 6:43 am
  • Reply CourtneyLynne

    Hehehe so is it bad that when I saw your scope on this, I totally got jealous and started googling pr emails so I can try and score tickets for when Annie is in buffalo lol… I’m such a musical geek! Sounds like a great show 😉

    September 22, 2015 at 7:48 am
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Lol! No! I understand! I’m a musical geek too-I was sooooo excited to go. And it was such a great show!

      September 22, 2015 at 7:54 am
  • Reply Christine - The Choosy Mommy

    Soooo I might be in the minority here but I can’t stand Annie. I don’t know if it is because I always feel bad for the kids or I just find her annoying. But this just is not one of my favorite musicals.

    September 22, 2015 at 10:27 am
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Haha! Really? Fair enough! 😀

      September 22, 2015 at 2:10 pm
  • Reply Joanna

    I would love to see this! I love musicals and trips to the theater for anything:) loved your scope with your mom, on the way to this right?

    September 22, 2015 at 12:59 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Yes! Musicals are my favorite! Ha-yeah, my mom and I scoped right when we got into Seattle.

      September 22, 2015 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply Jenny

    So jealous! One of the only things I hate about living in Thailand is the lack of live shows, whether that is music or plays or whatever. I miss them so much! Also, Gilgamesh is the awesomest name ever. Seriously. I want to get another dog, just so I can name him Gilgamesh. (I can’t say baby, because god forbid it somehow come true..HA!). 🙂

    September 23, 2015 at 6:06 am
  • Reply nicole

    I love love love ANNIE. i sang “tomorrow” everywhere i went when i was a little girl. have seen the production many many many times! always a treat!

    September 24, 2015 at 2:14 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Me too! I was so excited to see it on stage!!

      September 25, 2015 at 9:22 am

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