Leapin’ Lizards! Annie, the Tony Award®-winning production, is at The National Theatre for just six days. My 14-year old daughter and I we were lucky enough to catch the show on opening night. This tour, directed by the original lyricist, Martin Charnin does not disappoint. Billed as a ‘reincarnation of the 1977 musical’, Annie retains all its classic songs and plot line, which made for an enjoyable evening of theater. I have so many fond memories of the soundtrack to Annie and to hear favorites “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Little Girls,” “Easy Street,” and the timeless classic “Tomorrow” again is enough for me to recommend seeing this production.
The entire cast is first-rate. Heidi Gray in the lead role of Annie has the singing, dancing and acting chops that helped her carry the show from beginning to end. We absolutely loved all six of the other orphans, but felt that 9-year old Annabelle Wachtel as the youngest orphan Molly was a standout. She brought so much energy to the stage with her singing and animation, that we fell in love! Ms. Hannigan (Lynn Andrews), the character you desperately want to love, is powerful in her role. She might be considered scary at first to some children, but she blended in comedic moments so skillfully and to me, stole the show at times.
Gilgamesh Taggett who plays Oliver Warbucks and Chloe Tiso, a newcomer to the tour who plays Grace Farrell, are impeccable in capturing the essence of their characters. Their chemistry was perfect – not overdone, which I appreciated. And finally, who can resist dogs? Annie’s dog Sandy is played by Macy and Sunny, both rescue dogs (trained by William Berloni) were impressive. We left the theater wishing we could train our sweet pup to be so obedient.
It’s really too bad Annie is only at The National Theatre for 6 days. And because of that, we recommend that you purchase your tickets ASAP for this lively musical. You won’t be disappointed!
- Annie has a run time of 2 hours and 30 minutes including intermission. Their website however says the show is 15 minutes shorter than I’ve stated.
- Annie will be at The National Theatre through March 20, 2016. Tickets start at $48 plus applicable service charges and can be purchased online. If you’re looking to save a little, you could always try your hand at the day-of-performance lottery for $25 cash only tickets. This lottery is held at the theater two hours prior to each performance.
- We would recommend Annie for ages 5 and up (although there were even younger ones in attendance on opening night). Be aware that the word “damn” is used from time to time.
- Please note, DC Metrorail will be closed through early Thursday morning as of this writing. If you plan to take metro, please be sure they are open. If not, plan accordingly and allow for extra travel and parking time. Tip: on a weekday, we park right on Constitution Avenue starting at 6:30 p.m. and walk the few blocks to the theater. It is cheaper to pay the street fee than a garage fee. You can also purchase guaranteed parking in advance through Parking Panda. Click here for the full scoop.
- Photo One: Heidi Gray as Annie and Macy as Sandy in Annie.
- Photo Two: Lynn Andrews as Miss Hannigan in “Little Girls” in Annie.
- Photo Three: The Company in “A New Deal for Christmas” in Annie.
- Photos by Joan Marcus.