Annie, the beloved stage musical that captured the hearts of audiences for generations, shone in all its glory. With its memorable tunes, endearing characters, and a timeless story of hope, this production was a delightful experience that guaranteed an evening filled with laughter, tears, and a warm feeling of optimism.
From the moment the curtain rose, we were transported to Depression-era New York City, where we met the spunky and resilient Annie,( Sharangi Gnanavarathan) a young orphan dreaming of a better life. The show’s opening number, “Maybe,” performed beautifully with heartfelt innocence by the young actress, set the tone for the entire production.
The musical numbers in Annie were true highlights, filled with toe-tapping melodies that became classics in their own right. From the exuberant “It’s the Hard-Knock Life” performed by the talented ensemble of orphans, to the show-stopping “Tomorrow,” which uplifted the spirits of both the characters and the audience, every song was a testament to the enduring power of optimism and resilience.
The cast brought the characters to life with remarkable talent and charisma. The famous face – Craig Revel Horwood, portraying Miss Hannigan and Daddy Warbucks ( Alex Bourne) delivered standout performances, capturing the essence of their roles with depth and nuance. Miss Hannigan’s comedic timing was impeccable, while Daddy Warbucks’ transformation from a stern businessman to a caring father figure was portrayed with genuine warmth.
The set design and costumes transported the audience to the 1930s, capturing the essence of the era. The bustling streets of New York City, the gritty orphanage, and the opulent mansion of Daddy Warbucks were all beautifully recreated, adding to the immersive experience. The visual spectacle was further enhanced by the energetic choreography, which brought a sense of vibrancy and excitement to the stage.
Annie is a musical that holds a special place in the hearts of many, and this production did justice to its legacy. It reminds us of the power of hope, the strength of friendship, and the belief that even in the darkest of times, a brighter tomorrow awaited. With its infectious melodies and heartwarming tale, Annie continues to captivate audiences of all ages, making it a must-see musical for families, theater enthusiasts, and anyone seeking an uplifting and enchanting experience.
Annie Musical UK Tour
BRISTOL, Hippodrome Theatre
Mon 20 Nov – Sat 25 Nov 2023
*Starring Craig Revel Horwood (Mon-Fri) and Jodie Prenger (Sat) as Miss Hannigan.*