Annie
86

Annie NYC Reviews and Tickets

86%
(787 Reviews)
Positive
93%
Mixed
6%
Negative
1%
Members say
Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Great acting

About the Show

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."

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Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if It is a timeless story, the acting, singing are all engrossing. Time fly's by, you wish there was another act.

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

84
Entertaining

See it if Missed the original. Anything beats the movie versions.

Don't see it if Looking for the original.

Critic Reviews (18)

The New York Times
December 18th, 2015

"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."
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Talkin' Broadway
December 16th, 2015

"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."
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Theater Pizzazz
December 18th, 2015

"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."
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A Child Grows in Brooklyn
December 18th, 2015

"'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."
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Chicago Tribune
November 19th, 2014
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."
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Chicago Theater Beat
November 20th, 2014
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."
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D
March 12th, 2015
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."
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
October 30th, 2014
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."
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BlogCritics.org
January 29th, 2015
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."
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Denver Post
May 3rd, 2015
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."
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News-Press
February 12th, 2015
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."
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TwinCities.com
April 1st, 2015
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."
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A
April 23rd, 2015
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."
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PostCrescent.com
March 25th, 2015
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."
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R
March 12th, 2015
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."
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AXS.com
May 1st, 2015
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 as it was when the show first premiered in 1977."
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Let's Play OC!
May 17th, 2015
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."
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Red Carpet Crash
June 25th, 2015
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."
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