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It's a Hard Knock Life When 10-year-olds are More Talented Than You!

When Annie first came out on stage, the first emotion I felt was worry — not anxiety, but worry that Annie at the Orpheum wouldn't live up to my expectations. The reason for this worry now seems trivial: she didn’t have her trademark curls- instead, she donned her signature ginger hair, but in a straight bob instead. Soon, as I watched Annie fill the stage with hope as she escaped the horrible orphanage and found her way into billionaire Mr. Warbucks’ heart, I realized that…

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Added by Delia Grimes on April 3, 2015 at 11:16pm — 2 Comments

Welcome To New York

Here we are in Miss Hannigan’s Municipal Girls’ Orphanage in New York City.  Seven girls are in various states of disarray in and around three metal bunk beds.  Shadows crisscross the walls underneath cracked and dirty windows.  Wooden doors appear crooked, hanging off to one side or the other.  Anything cheerful about this place has been purposefully wiped out long ago, except for the spirit of the girls--who are caught awake by Miss Hannigan and told to “Clean this dump…

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Added by Kathleen T. WIllard on April 3, 2015 at 11:02pm — 1 Comment

Annie

Having been a life long fan of the production, Annie, showing at the Orpheum until April 5th, definitely did not disappoint. I was 6 years old the first time I saw the show and the excitement and giddiness I felt before it is extremely hard to match. However, the same feelings, paired with some nostalgia, came back to me as I left the theater on Tuesday. Annie is a classic, full of great actors with magnificent voices. The show follows a rambunctious and optimistic orphan…

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Added by Julia Jacobs on April 3, 2015 at 6:33pm — 1 Comment

Annie Is Showing Signs of Aging

Grace Peterson

Annie

Annie Is Showing Signs of Aging

          A hesitant trumpet squeezes out the melody of…

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Added by Grace Peterson on April 3, 2015 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

Annie

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt sat with his Cabinet despairing over the state of the United States. The Seal of the President of the United States loomed over the Cabinet, a constant reminder of their duty to their country. Millions of citizens were unemployed. Factories were shutting down left and right. Annie the loveable orphan, who was sitting in on the meeting could take it no more. She stood up and changed the mood with one of most well-known songs in Broadway history. The sun…

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Added by Jenna Fischer on April 2, 2015 at 11:28pm — 2 Comments

ANNIE

As the curtains opens and the music dies down, you are met with the sad group of orphan girls who end up making quite a ruckus during the night’s thunderstorm. And who better to come and save the day but everyones favorite red haired orphan, Annie, who sets everything right. Elaborate with only her red hair, red jacket, and optimistic attitude during the Great Depression, she sticks out among the girls as a leader. And perhaps with this leader atmosphere and self assuredness…

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Added by Ruby Regan on April 2, 2015 at 10:43pm — 2 Comments

"Something Was Missing" from "Annie"

The classic tale of young orphan girl Annie and her quest to discover family makes its way to the Orpheum Theatre showing now through April 5th. Under the dreadful supervision of Miss Hannigan (Lynn Andrews), Annie (Issie Swickle) and her orphan companions are constantly plotting to escape their dreadful lives in the orphanage. Although Annie fails to be reunited with her true parents, she finds solace in the home of billionaire Oliver Warbucks (Gilgamesh Taggett) upon his decision to adopt…

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Added by Fiona Hannan on April 2, 2015 at 10:27pm — 2 Comments

YOU WON'T BE TROUBLED FOR LONG

In the midst of our nation’s worst depression struggling Americans unite in Hoovervilles scavenging for resources to survive. Political leaders searched similarly for solutions, but not in a similar setting. A broad-shouldered, bald man enters to face the president and his emotionally glum cabinet dressed in dull shades hand-in-hand with an eleven-year-old girl. Wearing a white dress showing bright blue accenting, this contrastingly cheery red head is able to completely transform a…

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Added by Sydney Larson on April 2, 2015 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Annie-I Think I'm Going To Like It Here

 I entered the Orpheum Theater without any prior knowledge to the show Annie other than that it has the iconic number “Tomorrow” and Annie’s red dress.  I expected the show to be a family-friendly festival of cuteness.  It was.  The classic story follows an 11-year old orphan named Annie who lives in an orphanage with seven other children who all suffer under the evil Miss Hannigan.  She is “adopted” by a rich billionaire for two weeks and goes to…

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Added by Alex King on April 2, 2015 at 9:18pm — 2 Comments

The 'Easy Street' of Annie- Lacking in Effort

 From children moping around and mopping floors to Annie leading the FDR's office in optimistic song- inspiring the New Deal. Annie, playing at the Orpheum Theater until April 5th, does a great job of mixing in sarcastic throw backs to our countries history (specifically in politics) while still making it a fun show for kids. While some accents did not come across as effective and stage blocking was lacking in many scenes, it was an enjoyable rendition of a classic show that many…

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Added by Oriana Freeman on April 2, 2015 at 7:36pm — 2 Comments

Oh Boy!

                     When you are preparing for a show, you are given blocking by your director. Blocking that may feel awkward, but you have to abide to either way. You learn to make it feel natural. The movements in this production of Annie were left raw and unpolished. Nothing about this production seemed natural to me. The orphan’s voices were painfully forced to the point where I’d blame my migraine on them. These sad attempts at making everyone…

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Added by Lexi Torrez on April 2, 2015 at 7:34pm — 2 Comments

Leapin' Lizards That Show Was Good

A grey scale of shanty houses and a bowl of stew heating over a garbage can, were shaddowed overhead by an impressive silhouette of the Brooklyn bridge, which seemed to reach out into the audience. A grey scale, overtaken by the optimism that belonged to a familiar little-red headed girl. Smart, sassy, and always dressed with a smile, Annie (played by Issie Swickle) could sing her way into any audience member’s heart. This image of a broken America was one of the fabulous…

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Added by Amy Walus on April 2, 2015 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Oh My Goodness!

Ta-da!  In the elegant arches of the Orpheum’s grand proscenium lies a show that is seemingly too big for the stage.  From the smallest atom of the painted scrims to the furrowed brow of Daddy Warbucks, Annie uses all aspects of theatre in order to keep this ancient show alive and kicking.     

Annie is considered by…

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Added by Noah Coon on April 2, 2015 at 2:58pm — 2 Comments

A Musical Classic Comes Back

Naveh Shavit-Lonstein

Annie

 

A Musical Classic Comes Back

 

What brings together a 90 year old comic strip, smiling children, nine theater awards, fun optimistic music and rags to riches story? Annie! Annie tells the story of an orphan (Annie) in 1930’s New York City and…

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Added by Naveh Shavit-Lonstein on April 2, 2015 at 2:52pm — 2 Comments

You won't love Annie tomorrow

The classic story of our favorite little red-headed orphan Annie (Issie Swickle) who goes from the "hard knock life" under the wrath of Miss Hannigan (Lynn Andrews) to living the life of luxury under the eye of the billionaire Oliver Warbucks (Gilgamesh Tagget) is a performance that should leave you walking out the theatre doors with a smile. This is not what happened. It was a disappointment that left me thinking of everything they could of done to improve the show. When I think of a musical I… Continue

Added by Maddie on April 2, 2015 at 1:26pm — 2 Comments

Annie

Karina Strom

Annie

Annie Review

Annie and the Orpheum theater on Tuesday night may have been entertaining for the smallest of children and those few die hard Annie fans, but for everyone else, the show was a disaster. Everyone seemed to have high expectations for this show, but with unimpressive non union performances and a small, misdirected cast, they were let…

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Added by Karina Strom on April 2, 2015 at 11:55am — 2 Comments

"Something Was Missing"

           “It’s a hard knock life for us.”  If us means the audience, then yes.  Annie is the story of an orphan who wants nothing more than to find a family.  In order to get what she wants, she ditches her friends, her dog, and even Mr. Warbucks for a couple who…

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Added by Jolie Olson on April 1, 2015 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

I love Lucy (Re-post)

Naveh Shavit-Lonstein

I Love Lucy, Live on Stage

Who’s the real star of this funny show?

I love everything about the 1950’s. The movies, music, dress, TV shows, everything. I love Lucy was very refreshing to see onstage. Each catchy jingle from the 50’s was played as a musical theater performance through a talented ensemble cast. As we became a part of the show as the studio audience of the taped episodes, I felt like I was really there, watching…

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Added by Naveh Shavit-Lonstein on April 1, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Onboard or Overboard? The Guthrie's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Welcome to A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Wait, no. A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream. Not quite. Oh yes, A Midsummer Night’s Dream! This timeless play is one that has been interpreted, reinterpreted, misinterpreted, and mispronounced through the ages. From the…

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Added by Nathaniel Larson on March 23, 2015 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Beauty and the *yawn*

                    I found myself struggling to not doze off for a good portion of this production of Beauty and the Beast. The quirky gestures and jokes were painfully forced. I would compare a majority of the first act as stale as a cheez-it that was left out for a month.

                     I felt as if I was seeing two shows at once. I came to see Beauty and the Beast, but felt like I was…

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Added by Lexi Torrez on March 14, 2015 at 11:57pm — No Comments

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