I’m seeing ANNIE!
Nah, tonight. 😆
Annie, the red haired orphan from New York City was always this girl to me 👇🏻
I never realised as a kid when I watched the 1982 musical film of Annie that it was based off of a stage musical that first debuted in 1977.
Wowsers that’s a long time ago now.
Fast forward to 2019 and Annie the musical is still going. This UK Tour straight from the Westend is at Milton Keynes Theatre 1 – 6 July.
For the Milton Keynes dates it stars Craig Revel Horwood (Strictly Come Dancing) as the infamously mean and disgusting Miss Hannigan.
Is Annie going to be as endearing as I remember as a kid? Let’s go see.
My view from Row A seat 15 of the Circle (Going up one floor at Milton Keynes Theatre) was brilliant. I could see everything perfectly.
Before the show began, the stage was open with the set showing the orphanage, and the girls dormitory.
There was actually girls moving around on stage as if they were just going about their normal day. It was a really immersive start to the show.
Then it began.
I’ve got to say, for the two hours run time I was treated to some of the slickest, funnest and sweetest theatre I have had the pleasure to see this year.
The children were incredible.
Annie was phenomenal (and barely gets a rest from curtain up), but the other children performers were absolutely badass too. So much talent and hard work behind them and they’re so young. Gah 😍😭
All the big songs that Annie is famous for like TOMORROW, YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE and IT’S A HARD KNOCK LIFE* dazzled in the show.
*Gotta admit Dr Evil has almost stolen all identity of It’s A Hard Knock Life. 😂
Big shoutouts to Alex Bourne who plays Daddy Warbucks and Carolyn Maitland who plays Grace Farrell too. What great performances you both gave.
This production of Annie was a delight to watch. It hasn’t aged. The sentiments and the emotion are as endearing as I remember being captivated with as a kid myself.
It’s a real life fairytale, from the doom to the stars.
If you get the chance to go see it, do! And let me know what you think.
I made my way home with the songs still ringing in my ears and the most beautiful sunset to guide me. What a lovely evening.
Annie is at Milton Keynes Theatre 1 – 6 July 2019.
For full transparency, tickets to the show were kindly gifted to me from Milton Keynes Theatre.