What a week! I don’t even know where to begin. There’s a lot of conversation at the moment about different roles and it’s become quite exhausting. Thankfully, I’ve found solace in reading and booking more trips. I’ve also drank a lot of fruit tea as well! I do find it very calming. I need bucket loads!
Anyway, I’ve been super excited about seeing Annie since the tour was announced. The role of Miss Hannigan is so prolific and I was thrilled to see the original line up for this role of Craig Revel Horwood and Paul O’Grady. I managed to bag myself some tickets to see the show in Birmingham at the Alexandra Theatre. It was incredible!
This show transforms the audience to 1930s America where The Great Depression has taken hold. Young orphan Annie is forced with the other children at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage to live a life of misery. Miss Hannigan clearly hates children and uses them to do all the jobs she doesn’t want to do.
However, Annie’s luck is about to change when she is picked out of all the children from the orphanage to spend Christmas with the famous Billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. However, Miss Hannigan has other ideas… she will do whatever it takes to spoil Annie’s search for her mother and father.
Craig Revel Horwood is honestly sublime. He plays Miss Hannigan beautifully; from the way she moves and behaves. I love seeing Horwood perform, it’s a real treat.
Alex Bourne plays Warbucks and he was really excellent too. Amelia Adams has one special voice, she sounded like an angel I swear. The children were all really great too. Each had their own personality shine. Suki Hillier playing Molly was just wonderful. I’m always in awe of children performing on such big stages because they’re so young and small!
Of course, along with Craig Revel Horwood, the other stand out performance was Zoe Akinyosade who played Annie. She was utterly charming and such a talented little girl. What blew me away was that she is 9 years old and completely owned that stage. The future of musical theatre is bright with fresh, young talent like the child cast of this show, coming through. I also think they did a really amazing job working with a real dog (role shared by Darcy, Boris and Lily.
You can find out information on all the cast here.
Staging, Singing and Dancing
Annie is so popular and the soundtrack is one that everyone knows. It features the classics like: It’s A Hard Knock Life, You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile and Little Girls.
The staging is also really clever. For a touring stage too, there’s a lot of props and materials that need moving. I loved the details to the bedroom of the orphans – including the teddy bear on the light!
I loved it. Each and every second was just joy. I’d definitely see this again and again. There was also a lovely tribute to Paul O’Grady at the end of the show too which brought a rapturous applause again. I can only imagine what he would have been like in that role. The audiences in Edinburgh were so lucky to see him.
This post is dedicated to the memory of Paul O’Grady.
Big Love xx