“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!I 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 ?!If 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.