The show opens with the set of an orphanage dormitory in New York in the 1930s during The Great Depression with children tossing and turning in their beds, others running around. We meet Annie, who is living a life of misery at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage, whilst determined to find her real parents. Her luck changes when she is chosen to spend Christmas at the residence of famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, but spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s happiness.
Jodie Prenger is cast as Miss Hannigan and plays the role as though it was written for her. Alex Bourne a charismatic Daddy Warbucks
Annie, was pitch perfect, with a great voice and stage presence,whilst the entire cast of youngsters elevated the show to great heights
Paul French as Rooster and Billy-Kay as Lily were a superb double act bringing a huge helping of comedy to their roles as Annie’s fake parents.
The choreography is impressive throughout , and everyone, ensemble included deserve a special mention, especially the children who were faultless. They are an extremely talented group and without doubt, some will go far.
The show wouldn’t be complete without Sandy the dog played by one of three Golden Retrievers, Darcy, Lily and Boris, who certainly seemed to feel at home on the stage whilst enjoying the odd treat passed as a reward for one assumes, great stage presence.
Annie has enthralled millions of people over the years, and this stage production is no different. A sparkling, feel good show that brightens up any day with a toe tapping classic score, including It’s a Hard Knock Life, Tomorrow and Easy Street.
The standing ovation was deserved and if you are a fan of musicals, then you’re going to really enjoy this one.
Annie: The Musical runs until Saturday 13th May at the Regent Theatre
Tickets available from https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/annie/regent-theatre/