There is something very special about taking kids to their first Broadway show. And I’m so glad it was Annie. I have great memories of seeing it on Broadway when I was younger and it was amazing to be there with my own children.
Of course, if it had been left up to me, we would have missed the first hour because I just assumed the show started at 8 pm. But thank goodness, my husband checked (I knew I married him for a reason) and found out the show began at 7 pm. Brilliant because my 6 and 8 year-old daughters would have never made it to the end otherwise.
The production is sweet and wonderfully familiar. The orphanage girls are especially cute. Katie Finneran stands out as Miss Hannigan, getting quite a few laughs from the audience. And Anthony Warlow plays a great Daddy Warbucks. Sandy (real name: Sunny) the dog is also a big crowd pleaser.
The only thing I didn’t like about the production was that Annie and some of the other characters had exaggerated NY accents and I felt it was distracting and took away a bit from some of the songs.
That said, my daughters loved the show. My second grader never did have time to do her homework that night so I just tucked the playbill inside her backpack so her teacher would understand. Some NYC experiences are more important than math equations. And this was one of them.
Now can someone get my husband to stop singing, “The sun will come out tomorrow…” Seriously. He’s making me crazy.
Note: I received complimentary tickets for this show.