Annie the musical Review:
**** 4 Stars
“ The Sun really will come out tomorrow!”
The Timeless story of the little girl orphaned in depression Hit New York City of the 1930’s has been cherished since it first came to the stage in the 1970’s. Now Acclaimed producers Michael Harrison and David Ian present a revival of the 2017 London production of the show.
With Birds of feather star Lesley Joseph leading the cast as Miss Hannigan this is truly a production of Annie for a new generation with a production concept from Colin Richmond that owes much to the “RSC’s” Matilda with the same stylish deployment of a set that uses the adage of Jigsaw Pieces as a metaphor for Annie trying to put her life in both its past and future together.
Joseph simply excels herself as the baddy of the story forced to work in a job looking after kids she clearly hates but would rather have the money than nothing at all, with great timing and a strong comedy ability she delivers well even if her accent does take a wonder every now again becoming more Chigwell the Manhattan.
As Annie the delightful Ava Smith smashes her way to success with the audience standing to greet her at the curtain call, these are stage kids with three different sets of kids used across the run to cope with the demands of the production and special mention must go to Alex Bourne who returns once more as Daddy Warbucks who continues to bring deep charm, a great voice and presence to the part as he transform’s Annie’s life.
Acclaimed Artistic director of The Curve Theatre Leicester Nikolai Foster helms this current production of Annie and delivers an intelligent, entertaining and joyful take on the timeless story and uses the cast to their full potential with the ensemble working hard to produce the people of New York and beyond.
The sparkling addition to this current tour is the simply stunning 9-piece orchestra under MD Daniel Griffin it’s a highly polished, rich and full west end worthy sound that drifts beautifully from the Pit to the auditorium. Its aided by Richard Brooker crystal clear sound design that brings touring theatre to a new standard.
Annie remains a timely and timeless musical that continues transcend time and audiences keep returning to enjoy its charms. This winning revival does much to embrace the very best of the heritage of the show whilst giving it fresh life and for that it should be applauded.
For a classic musical delivered in a contemporary way you won’t go wrong with Annie as she dreams of the sunshine that will come out tomorrow!
Annie the Musical, Playhouse Theatre Edinburgh, Runs until Saturday 5th October, UK tour Continues. For tickets go to: www.atgtickets.com/shows/annie/edinburgh-playhouse/