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2h 15m | Already closed | Kings Theatre (Brooklyn)

Original lyricist and director Martin Charnin directs this brand new incarnation of the iconic musical about an orphan and her search to find her parents, featuring famous songs such as "It's a Hard Knock Life." More…

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous and magical world of New York. This classic story will be presented at Brooklyn's newest performing arts venue, King's Theatre.


85
Theater Pizzazz

"This touring production is perfectly fine, albeit not quite as visually stunning as the 2012 revival. A 25-member company does what’s necessary to squeeze this schmaltzily endearing show for all its worth. Lynn Andrews’s Miss Hannigan, the...mean-spirited orphanage head, steals the spotlight. Andrews manages to make the character’s nastiness funny enough so we don’t really hate her, and she knows how to shake her considerable booty around with the grace of an overstuffed Giselle Kirkland." Full Review

80
A Child Grows in Brooklyn

"'Annie' hits all the right notes that a beloved slice of American cornpone should, and in trying times, it’s nice to be reminded that the sun will indeed come out, tomorrow." Full Review

70
Talkin' Broadway

"This tour is a purer and more honest one that reveals most of the simple pleasures in this modern minor-landmark work. The story is rendered in crisp and clear terms that put the focus where it should be: on the people...'Annie' may never again have quite the complex allure that made it famous, but this production makes a cozy case for it as a fusion of elements that can amuse and affect." Full Review

65
The New York Times

"Audiences still get a handful of winning orphans, some nifty sets and a bevy of familiar tunes — from 'You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile' to 'It’s the Hard Knock Life' to 'Maybe,' which Issie Swickle, as Annie, performs in suitably heart-tugging style. It’s likely that no one needs to hear another chorus of 'Tomorrow,' but Ms. Swickle renders it with a laudable lack of mawkishness...The production gets a boost from its surroundings." Full Review

100
Let's Play OC!

for a previous production "The show itself was fantastic! I was blown away by the talent of the young actors, especially Issie Swickle, the nine-year-old that played Annie. I think my favorite character was Miss Hannigan; she was hilarious and full of vigor, it was hard not to take a liking to her...I was also very impressed with the flawlessness of the scenery changes. The scenes were gorgeous, and yet, so easily and fluidly changed." Full Review

95
Democrat & Chronicle

for a previous production "It seemed to be a hit — especially among the bevy of excited children clutching little red-haired dolls...The knockout stage set was absolutely breathtaking. But it's the music that reigns: Charles Strouse's enduring melodies, accompanied by the sentimental lyrics could easily melt any grumpy heart...At times, I wanted instant replays. 'Annie' is sugary, almost achingly sweet, and it's impossible to watch it and not smile or, doggone it, wag your tail in appreciation." Full Review

95
PostCrescent.com

for a previous production "The sun may come out tomorrow, but you'll be hard-pressed to find something brighter than the national touring production of 'Annie...' It's easy to see why 'Annie' has been treasured for so long. Packed full with hilarious moments, family-friendly sentiments and a sunny outlook, hearty chuckles and a feeling of nostalgia are inevitable. 'Annie' is just the trick to paste a giant grin on your face." Full Review

95
Rochester City Newspaper

for a previous production "This production is a breath of fresh air, likely to make most audience members feel pretty darned good about tomorrow...This is a solid production...Choreographer Liza Gennaro deserves praise for her work staging dance and movement throughout the musical." Full Review

90
Chicago Tribune

for a previous production "Whaddya wanna know? I'd venture it's whether the latest bus-and-truck 'Annie' delivers the full 'Annie' experience....The answer is yes...The people who put this show together know what they are doing, and have done for decades." Full Review

90
BlogCritics.org

for a previous production "This production of the musical has everything the recent movie lacked – heart, exuberant performances, and gorgeous sets...Normally I’d complain about the repetitive nature of the score, but I’m a sucker for this one. It is impossible not to have these songs stuck in your head for many days after the show." Full Review

90
TwinCities.com

for a previous production "What could send you into sugar shock in some hands instead is handled in a very down-to-earth fashion. It's a decidedly life-size 'Annie' in which its characters' individuality is emphasized at every turn...The only notable flaw is that the treble is turned up way too high on the audio, so much so that ear plugs are an inviting option...This show is a simple, sweet serving of endearing optimism." Full Review

90
AXS.com

for a previous production "The charm of a show like 'Annie' wears a little thin as one gets older, but one look around the theatre on opening night and it’s clear that there is still plenty of magic in this classic favorite...There’s nothing new or updated in this production of 'Annie,' at least nothing that immediately jumps out at the average viewer. But the set design and technical elements are just as spectacular as you’d expect from a National Touring production, and the overall charm of 'Annie' is just as strong... Full Review

90
Red Carpet Crash

for a previous production "One of the world’s best-loved musicals is back in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist Martin Charnin, this new production of 'Annie' will be a classic incarnation of the beloved original...All of the girls pull off pretty solid performances." Full Review

85
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

for a previous production "A swell production that succeeds in delivering its message tied up in cheery holiday wrapping and with a sprightly Annie...This energetic 'Annie' doesn’t skimp on unpalatable realities yet it leaves you uplifted and humming more songs than you realized you knew...There were lags in the show, which runs about 2½ hours with intermission, and at those times I found myself nitpicking." Full Review

85
Denver Post

for a previous production "Solid and energizing production...The orphans are a charming ensemble...The deceptively spare set is excellent, especially the towering bridge that looms over a Hooverville that Annie discovers when she runs away. The choreography lives up to expectations: jazz hands, chorus lines, and the requisite hand-on-chin pose that declares the end of a musical number." Full Review

85
News-Press

for a previous production "This new 'Annie' still roped me in with its adorable child actors, heartfelt songs, irrepressible charm and heart-on-its-sleeve optimism....In short, I wasn't bored at all. In fact, by the end of the show I was crying and clapping like I'd never even seen it before. I'm happy to see the show still has the power to charm audiences." Full Review

75
Chicago Theater Beat

for a previous production "Charnin’s direction leaves a little to be desired: one can tell it’s his umpteenth time at the rodeo from the mainly uninspired staging. Liza Gennaro’s choreography is well-executed but at times reeks of middle school show choir, even where adults are concerned. And as Annie, Swickle tries hard but fails to hold some of her longer notes, and doesn’t really engage with other actors unless she is speaking or singing at that very moment." Full Review

75
Austin360

for a previous production "The problem with this 'Annie' is it’s incredibly dated...In keeping with the 1930s theme, Annie affected a 1930s New Englander accent every time she sang that didn’t always match her speaking voice. Lose the accent and her personality would shine through more...We’d easily return to see 'Annie' for the the kids and Miss Hannigan and we’ve been singing the songs all morning long, but it really is time for 'Annie' to get an update." Full Review


100
Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if brought me back to being a little kid watching the original movie

Don't see it if MUST SEE

100
Funny, Delightful, Great singing

See it if Annie is just a classic in my opinion. It's a beautiful show and great to take your children too.

Don't see it if You want surprises or don't like the story.

100
Funny, Delightful, Great writing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you are in the mood for a sweet, fun show with great music

Don't see it if you don't like shows about kids

100
Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like good,old-fashioned musicals with great songs.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals.

100
Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You love great musicals

Don't see it if You dislike musicals

100
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if I loved this movie so obviously I'm a big fan of this delightful broadway musical! I love all the songs and all the characters!

Don't see it if Great show. If they brought it back I would definitely see it again.

100
Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like classic and good songs that you'll catch your self singing years later!

Don't see it if You've gotta see it!

100
Clever, Delightful, Must see, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You enjoyed the movie, the songs, and you enjoy children singing

Don't see it if You don't like children singing

100
Delightful, Enchanting, Must see

See it if Heartwarming and never misses a beat. Great for families.

Don't see it if You don't like kids.

100
Funny, Great acting, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Believe the sun will come out tomorrow

Don't see it if You hate children's stories

100
Funny, Enchanting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Love the music and are familiar with this classic

Don't see it if Everyone loves Annie!

100
Entertaining

See it if Great show for kids and adults!

Don't see it if It can be a bit long for small chikdren

100
Funny, Original, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You love musicals. Story that is uplifting.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals.

100
Enchanting, Must see, Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if A great musical. The little girls and dog were enchanting. All actors were great. Music and songs were Tony award winning.Must see.

Don't see it if If you don't like musicals

100
Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You like family shows

Don't see it if No complaints

100
Delightful, Great acting, Must see, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You love a fun well-done, feel good musical. A great show for a child's first Broadway experience. You wIll leave the theater singing.

Don't see it if You do not want to have catchy tunes in your head for months or if you would not appreciate a story where children are the real heroes.

100
Great acting, Must see, Profound

See it if you know the story of annie and would love to see the broadway version which is just as impressive as the movies

Don't see it if your really not an emotional person who can put yourself in annie's shoes to understand the story of her life and what she went through.

96
Funny, Enchanting, Must see, Classic

See it if you love a good, heartwarming tale. This is a classic story for the whole family.

Don't see it if you want something new and refreshing.

96
Clever, Delightful, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy the movie and music. Broadway classic.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of the movie.

95
Delightful, Refreshing, Great singing, Great staging, Family

See it if was looking for a great show for the entire family

Don't see it if n/a

Also SIDE NOTE: Saw this show back in October 2012

95
Funny, Delightful, Must see, Entertaining

See it if Annie is a Broadway classic! If you love the classic Broadway, kids being more talented than you could ever dreamed to be, it's a must see!

Don't see it if N/A the show is great, there's no reason to not see it.

95
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Must see, Great singing

See it if you enjoy large musical numbers and dazzle

Don't see it if you don't like children actors

95
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoyed the original story of Annie, yes it is the same story. Great for all ages! Wonderful music as well, songs will be in your head.

Don't see it if I don't know why you wouldn't. Good for all ages. Maybe just a bit long for the little kids.

94
Funny, Enchanting, Epic, Must see, Great singing

See it if You love theses songs that will stay in your heads for days after you have seen the show

Don't see it if You don't like kids and dogs

94
Delightful, Great acting, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like up - beat, cheerful underdog stories.

Don't see it if If you are cynical/pessimistic.


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