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!