My girls and I had a fabulous mommy daughter night out this week. We got dressed up, I let them put on lip gloss and their nice shoes, and off we went to the theatre! I have to say it makes my heart skip a beat when I see the glimmer in their eyes as they take in a live show. My girls and I attended the opening night of Annie The Musical at The National Theatre! The U.S. National Tour of Annie is now playing at the National Theatre for one week only, March 15 – 20, 2016.
Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 19th time, this production of Annie is a brand new physical incarnation of the iconic 1977 Tony Award®-winning original.
Tickets start at $48 plus applicable service charges. Tickets are available at the National Theatre box office, online at TheNationalDC.com, or by calling (800) 514-3849. A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of best available tickets at $25 each – cash only – will be held at the theater two hours before each performance. Orders for groups of 10 or more may be placed by calling (202) 628-6161 ext. 227. For more information, call (202) 628-6161 or visit TheNationalDC.com.
The new production features a 25-member company: newly cast in the title role of Annie is Heidi Gray, an 11-year-old actress from the Augusta, GA area, making her tour debut. Also new to the Orphanage are Sage Bentley as Tessie, Bridget Carly Marsh as July, Annabelle Wachtel as Molly, and Casey Watkins as Duffy. They join Molly Rose Meredith as Pepper, and Emily Moreland as Kate. Chloe Tiso joins the company as Grace Farrell.
Annie is based on Harold Gray’s popular comic strip Little Orphan Annie. The comic strip premiered in the 1920s in the New York Daily News, and became one of the most widely read strips in the 30s and 40s. It was great to see the current event references from that time era in the show. The show itself was fantastic! I loved every second of it… the 2 hours and 15 minutes flew by. The audience was singing along to the familiar songs we all know and love. It made us laugh, have empathy for the characters, and pulled on our heart strings.
The cast does this show justice! What energy and spirit these children have! My favorite ensembles had to be a toss up between “Hard Knock Like” and “Easy Street.” I love how expressive the girls on stage were. I loved seeing them play with emotion and sing their little hearts out. The actress who plays Miss Hannigan should win a Tony! She was bold, crazy, and made me like her a little bit 😉
Make plans to see the show this weekend before it’s gone. It is fun for the whole family! You will love Annie The Musical.
I was provided with complimentary tickets to the show in exchange for review. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.