Tue 17 May 2016
I have fond memories of the musical Annie. I used to watch the film as a child at my Grandparents’ house and I know all of the songs. So, I was excited to see the stage version at Edinburgh Playhouse last night. I always thought the 1982 film came first, but it turns out the musical originally opened on Broadway in 1977.
It was a fantastic production with a brilliant cast, in particular the girls who played the orphans. Madeleine Haynes sang and danced her heart out as Annie for the whole show, over two hours long. Just amazing! Elaine C Smith was great as the tyrant Miss Hannigan, and I must also give special mention to Amber the lovely Labradoodle, who played the part of Sandy perfectly.
All the songs I know and love were in there – Hard Knock Life, Tomorrow, Little Girls, Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile .. and a few I didn’t know too. The music is so catchy, I’m going to be singing along in my head for days.
I liked the way the story was told, apart from the bit where Mr Warbucks took Annie to the glitzy movies in NYC still dressed in rags! For me that just didn’t work at all – surely there was time for a quick costume change.
The set was quite interesting. It looked like a giant jigsaw. I read in the programme that this was to represent Annie’s journey as she puts the pieces of her life together. I thought it worked really well. The props and costumes were great too. I could see there was a lot of attention to detail, even from a distance.
Annie is on in Edinburgh every evening this week until Saturday, with matinée performances on Wednesday and Saturday. It then continues its tour of the UK.