The number of little girls about the age of the crew in Miss Hannigan’s “orphanage” in cute little ‘fits fills the theatre while Annie is in town, but they are not the only ones mesmerized. I think it is actually the older crowd, from friends in early adulthood to parents and grandparents tapping into their inner child, that are swept off their feet. Annie on Tour is at the Boch Center through February 11th. Tickets can be purchased here.
The cast for this show has so much individual talent as well as a wonderful chemistry between them. From on stage in character to camaraderie after the show greeting fans, family and friends at the stage door, it is a very sweet cast who clearly enjoy what they do every night on that stage.
Rainier Treviño was an impressive Annie not just for her powerful voice and the ability to fill the Boch Center with the spirit and spunk of the famous red-headed orphan, but also her ability to act with a canine counterpart.
Stefanie Londino, made an excellent Miss Hannigan. As a parent of children who were especially sensitive to “scary characters” , I appreciated Londino’s just right balance of drunken meanness without being too terrifying.
I have also seen versions of Mr Warbucks that start off quite a bit more gruff, but Christopher Swan’s Warbucks was more tender while still offering the progression from philanthropic rich man to fatherly figure.
Another stellar performer was Jade Smith as Molly. Her vivacity and gusto on stage did not go unnoticed.
Annie is a good reminder that all art is political. In Annie, the president, FDR, is one of the cast of characters. Of course all history as we have been taught it, has major pieces missing, but it is refreshing to think back to a time when politics as divided as it was, wasn’t as awful as it is today. I personally needed this little reminder that, politically speaking, we can still have some hope.
As a lover of NYC, I especially enjoy Annie’s setting, props, lighting, and costumes. It reminds me why I love that city, and city living. A trip out of town without leaving town. There are so many little details in the costumes down to the bloomers and set like Singer Sargent’s Portrait of Madame X at the Warbucks mansion, . The script has lots of little humorous details too. It’s just a perfectly put together show from gourmet soup to artisan nuts.
Lastly, I Ioved the choreography. Of course, the orphanage pieces with the children’s all in chorus are some of the most fun and playfully rage-y, a feeling we can all relate to at some point whether its relative to work, home, or society . Other pieces, like a winter night’s walk in NYC incorporates a reflection of the era, creating a wonderful sense of time and place,