By Lyndsay Bredahl
The minute Annie walks on stage, you begin to feel like a kid again! Issie Swickle commands the stage with her portrayal of Annie. She has charisma and so much chemistry with the rest of the cast. From the moment she sings, you slip in a different time, the 1930s in fact. This production of Annie is directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro. Featuring book and score by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse, and Martin Charnin, Annie is the winner of 7 Tony Awards and has such unforgettable songs such as It’s the Hard Knock Life, Easy Street, I Don’t Need Anything But You, and everyone’s favorite, Tomorrow!
Annie lives in an orphanage run by an awful woman named Miss Hannigan. She escapes, but gets caught again. Her luck soon changes when she gets selected to spend 2 weeks with Daddy Warbucks during Christmas. She warms Warbucks’ heart along with his staff and he decided to offer a $50,000 reward to find her parents. Miss Hannigan, along with her brother, Rooster and his fiancé, plans on scheming Oliver Warbucks out of the money.
The sets on UT's Bass Concert Hall stage were spectacular and the live dog, Sandy, adds perfectly to the performance. But Lynn Andrews plays a wonderful antagonist with her performance as Miss Hannigan that solidifies the show.
A lot of you have grown up on Annie watching the film that was released in 1982. This stage performance will give you that sentimental and fuzzy feeling of watching that film and slipping back into time.
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Photo of Issie Swickle as Annie and Sunny as Sandy in the performance of Tomorrow.