The incredibly popular musical Annie has come to The Alexandra, Birmingham for the Easter holidays. I haven’t had the chance to see this show before so jumped at the chance last night.
If you aren’t already familiar with the story, Annie is set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression. A brave young orphan, Annie, is living a life of misery at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. When her luck changes and she’s chosen to spend Christmas with famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, Miss Hannigan has other ideas.
Packed full of musical numbers that we all know and love, such as ‘It’s The Hard-Knock Life’, ‘Easy Street’ and ‘Tomorrow’, the whole production was an uplifting evening of escapism. It goes without saying that Craig Revel Horwood playing Miss Hannigan will be a draw for a lot of people, and his performance captured the character perfectly. However, for me, Zoe Akinyosade’s performance as Annie really stood out (although was slightly out shone by Lily as Sandy!).
I always think that the real test of a good musical production is how many songs stay with you on you leave the theatre and make your way back home! If the renditions of ‘Tomorrow’ complete with (frankly severely lacking) New York accents for most of the car journey are anything to go by – this gets 5 stars from us! The show runs until the end of the school holidays and there are plenty of tickets available so go along for a proper Easter Holiday treat….
Age recommendation: 5+ years