Nods to Carolyn Maitland as an adorable and beautiful sounding Grace.
The 2019 cast and touring production of ANNIE does not disappoint.
This iconic musical may well be a scream (literally) throughout, but this show, direct from the West End, offers stunning lighting & choreography and a terrific cast.
There’s no doubt that visually this is the most impressive looking production in this shows touring history.
Currently starring Anita Dobson as Hannigan & Alex Bourne as Warbucks – this is a stellar cast celebrating a hugely impressive ensemble.
Later in the tour Lesley Joseph and Craig Revel Horwood will continue to terrorize the kids as Hannigan.
I caught the tour in Wolverhampton with Ava Smith as Annie – she was terrific. The confidence of these theatre children is astonishing. Her voice is gorgeous and she was utterly lovable throughout, owning this tricky part magnificently.
All of the children were perfect. Their precision is only to be admired. There are several complicated dance numbers in both acts which they performed brilliantly…
What I loved the most was the polish of the show. It has a very immersive shine akin to Mary Poppins and Matilda making it compelling for all age groups – crucial.
If you don’t know the story by now you should get out more, but, it’s a story of good over evil and love over money.
The orchestra in this production are quite remarkable. The horns do this book proud. A glorious sound celebrating this iconic and instantly recognisable score.
Alex Bourne is a perfect Warbucks owning the stage with his deliciously rich voice and powerful presence. Anita Dobson is a terrifically physical Hannigan throwing her drunken and despicable character around the stage with ease.
Nods to Carolyn Maitland as an adorable and beautiful sounding Grace & Richard Meek & Jenny Gayner as Rooster & Lily. Their ‘Easy Street’ with Dobson is joyous.
Touring theatre doesn’t get much better or more polished than this. Congratulations to the entire cast, team and Michael Harrison.
Review by Alex Belfield at Celebrity Radio 21st Feb 2019.
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Theatre credits include: Grace Farrell in Annie (UK Tour and Ed Mirvish Theatre, Toronto); The World Goes Round (Mac, Belfast), Marian Halcombe in The Woman in White (Charing Cross Theatre); Molly in Ghost (UK Tour); Ellen in Miss Saigon (Prince Edward Theatre); Joelle and Understudy Rita in Groundhog Day (Old Vic); Kathy Seldon in Singin’ in the Rain (Kilworth House Theatre); Understudy Kate and Lilli in Kiss Me Kate (Old Vic and Chichester Festival Theatre); Sally Bowles in Cabaret (ACT, Aberdeen); You Know How to Love Me (The Other Palace); Starting Here, Starting Now (The Pheasantry); Daughter in The Memory Show; Rose and Understudy Karen in From Here To Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre); Understudy Vivienne and Serena in Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre); Understudy Lucy in Jekyll & Hyde (UK Tour); Understudy Gabriella and Taylor in High School Musical 2 (UK Tour); Serena, Mabel and Miss Bell inFame (UK Tour) and Mamma Mia! (International Tour).