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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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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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

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Masterful, Must see, Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you have a kid's spirit because every kid in the world should see "Annie".

Don't see it if you've seen it five times already.

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

Don't see it if Looking for the original.

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

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.

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.

Delightful, Entertaining, Sweet

See it if you enjoy classic shows in period settings and are looking for family-friendly entertainment.

Don't see it if you hate kids or dogs or earworms.

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Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if your an adult or bringing your family. Was great rendition of the timeless classic. Enjoyed the show and all the children actors.

Don't see it if you don't like the story of Annie. If you don't want to see a fun musical with kids.

Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you want to see Annie, it is what it is. Light-hearted, talented kids, nostalgia-boosted songs

Don't see it if Annie isn't your thing and you want a more "grown-up" show.

Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Indulgent, Nostalgic

See it if you want to see a classic musical and heartwarming orphan story.

Don't see it if you can't stand the sound of children singing.

Quirky, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You love largely ensemble shows with a child lead

Don't see it if You do not like shows largely played by children

Delightful, Entertaining, Family fun

See it if want to introduce children to live theatre or are a kid at heart and will enjoy this classic.

Don't see it if do not like kids or musicals with kids.

Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if For the kids, both yours and the ones on stage. It was just okay for me but my daughter loved it.

Don't see it if You had your fill with the early 80's version.

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.

Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You're as nostalgic as I am in that it was the first Broadway show my parents ever took me to. It's a classic and such a great show..

Don't see it if You are heartless

Funny, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You like seeing a lot of adorable, singing little girls. And Miss Hanagan's role is a great turn for the right leading lady.

Don't see it if You don't think the sun will come out tomorrow, or if you are looking for serious fare.

Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you want a great family musical with wonderful sets!

Don't see it if you don't like standard musical theatre.

Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You love the "Tomorrow" song, love a primarily kid themed show, orphans, redheads and a dog.

Don't see it if You want something more challenging than a cartoonish musical, dislike kids in a show or all around you, don't want to hear candy wrappers.

Delightful, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if Something to watch for kids. Great singing

Don't see it if If you don't want kids acting in the show

Funny, Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you like stories of children

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

Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you are taking the kids, or grew up with the movie. Stays pretty true to the movie, and if you loved it, you will love the show too!

Don't see it if you hated the movie, or don't like seeing lots of kids in a show.

Delightful, Cute, Great singing, Great staging, Screaming children

See it if You like Annie or fun shows.

Don't see it if Don't like Annie or have no tolerance for screaming children.

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!

Delightful, Enchanting, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You love a Broadway classic!

Don't see it if You are not a fan of a particular song, dogs, or children.

Delightful, Entertaining

See it if A Broadway classic that is good for all ages. It's a show that will have fans, both young and old, singing along to their favorite tunes.

Don't see it if It's a beloved story, so I can't imagine why anyone wouldn't want to catch it coming to life right in front of them!

Banal, Cliched, Overrated, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you love the soundtrack or orphan children/feel-good stories

Don't see it if you want to see something novel and not cliched

Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if You love the story of Annie and are looking for a fun new production

Don't see it if If you don't like watching kids perform

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