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Perez Reviews: Annie

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We had never seen Annie on stage before, and we're sure glad we caught the new Broadway revival of the hit musical! It's as if we saw the original production!

That's our only big complaint with the show. James Lapine's direction felt uninspired. By the books. Dated. Phoned in. Safe.

Having said that, the music is so splendid to hear and every single performance was a winner!

Lilla Crawford had a lot to live up to in the titular role. And she DELIVERED! In a big way! That little girl is such a dynamo! Truly sensation! She has a powerhouse voice trapped in her little body! Awe-inspiring! Her acting was so present and beautiful. Our only critique was the sometimes "New Yawk" accent she delivered, and we attribute blame Lapine for that choice.

Katie Finneran was great as Miss Hannigan, as was Anthony Warlow as Daddy Warbucks - and the rest of the cast. Even the dog! That damn Sandy was such a scene stealer! And so was Emily Rosenfeld!

And, just like Lapine's direction, the set design - by David Korins - felt rather stale and boring.

However, Annie is a recipe you can't fuck up!

Hopefully, though, the next Broadway revival will be inspired and exciting! This one is fun and heartwarming!

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5 comments to “Perez Reviews: Annie

  1. DrBroadway says – reply to this


    You are such a joke!

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    I'm sure they could F it up if they wanted. Look what was done to Newsical.

  3. 3

    Anthony Warlow is one of the greatest singers ever! He is Australia's pride and one of the greatest Phatoms ever!

  4. pdxbenji says – reply to this


    You can 'F' up any show. James Lapine's direction was not stale. It was ANNIE. ANNIE is most likely the simplest, purest musical you could produce. You can't re-define it. It wouldn't make sense. Mr. Lapine left it alone, as it is timeless; perfect as it is. Every revival of Annie is an homage. Simply because you can't do any better than the original incarnation. Oh, and try not to say FUCK when you're reviewing a classic and wonderful entity such as this show or any other classic, family based show. It's not only classless, it's offensive.

  5. teeter totter says – reply to this


    A college friend and I took her daughter to see a matinee when it first opened in LA many years ago at the old Shubert Theater, it was fantastic.