Annie the Musical on Broadway – Review

I am happy to recommend the current Broadway revival of “Annie: The Musical.”  We had a wonderful, multigenerational night of live theater when Lily and I were joined by her grandmother and great grandmother for the show.  I think that revivals—especially those that have a movie based on them—are great ways to introduce children to Broadway, since the songs and story are already familiar and accessible.

Annie The Musical

Here are some highlights of this production of “Annie”: first and foremost, kudos to a  great cast with talented children and adults (Lily loved Kate Finneran as Miss Hannigan).  Next, this was an original and successful staging with creative sets that support and don’t compete with the action.  I love that “Annie” offers an opportunity for important historical discussions with children, including the depiction of FDR in his wheelchair for the whole show and the Great Depression.

Annie the Musical

“Annie” is not without its detractions, including a grossly oversimplified view of adoption, an inconsistent use of an old New York accent and a stupid throwaway line about the Asian cast-member’s ability to speak Korean.

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“Annie: The Musical” is an entertaining night of theater that kept Lily on the edge of her seat and satisfied all four generations in our group.

*I was not compensated for this post. My family and I were invited to attend a showing of Annie The Musical – On Broadway for purposes of this review. All opinions are honest and my own*