Lillian from Toronto, Ontario
GREAT SHOW AND CAST WAS WONDERFUL!
The cast was fantastic. The kids are just amazing. Wonderful show for all ages. Great production! Highly recommend. i agree with the other reviewer. The dog did seem stressed and wanted to leave the stage, That's a shame. Other than that - it was great and the venue is incredible. Fun night out with the girls!
Claire from Toronto, Ontario
The cast was amazing! The children were so professional and impressive. The story is different than the original so that threw me off a bit but overall it was amazing. Poor pup seemed terrified on stage.
Jane from Toronto, Ontario
A VERY BRITISH PRODUCTION
Sometimes the west end can outdo Broadway even when the production is very American. With this version of Annie, the actors are clearly having trouble shedding their British accents, especially when singing the very New York style songs. Still, they poured their hearts out. The biggest and only disappointment is Lesley Nicol of adownton Abbey fame who can’t quite master the wonder villainy of her role as Miss Hannigan. The actor playing FDR was quite flat. Other than that, it was a lot of fun. The kids were amazing. The girl playing Annie had a lot of verve even if she couldn't shed her London accent while belting out her numbers. I’d recommend it.
from Toronto, Ontario
I really enjoyed the show but as said by previous reviewers the actress who played Annie had an irritating voice. She was great in other ways but when she sang the famous "the sun will come out tomorrow" she fell very very flat. Also the actress playing Miss Hannigan was a bit unsuited for the role and not what the original character embodied. Other than that it was very well done. Grace was amazing, Rooster, Lily etc.
Sorrel from Toronto, Ontario
WONDERFUL PRODUCTION EXCEPT...
The Toronto via London production of Annie boasted creative set design and lighting, beautiful music/orchestration, superb choreography, and a very talented ensemble cast. The stand-out performances came from Alex Bourne as Daddy Warbucks, Matthew Hawksey as Rooster, Bobby Delaney as Burt Healy, Nic Gibley as Drake, and Carolyn Maitand as Grace Farrell. The orphans were truly wonderful performers and brought great energy and humour to the show. The huge disappointment was the vocal performance of the star of the show. Annie should be an exceptional singer and this performance was actually unpleasant to listen to, however, the acting was pretty good. The overall charm and breathtaking choreography with such numbers as Hooverville, N.Y.C., You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile, and A New Deal For Christmas absolutely satisfied this die hard fan of Annie. Despite the star falling short of vocal quality needed for this production, I encourage fans to catch this enjoyable production.
Shayna from Toronto, Ontario
CHILDREN PERFORMERS WERE GREAT! ADULT PERFORMERS WERE OK.
My 6-year old daughter LOVED it. The little actress who played Annie was great. Lovely voice. Sadly, Miss Hannigan wasn't good at all. She was desperately trying to hide the British Accent, and somehow the actress and character never connected. Overall we enjoyed it, though!
Jennifer McDougall from Toronto, Ontario
PRETTY GOOD SHOW
After reading the others reviews, there's a few points I do agree with them on, the poor dog did seem afraid, there's no doubt about it. The sets were also ugly to look at and poor. Giant puzzle pieces? Really? I loved the movie when i was a little girl and even had the soundtrack to it on cassette tape, so knew the songs well. The man that played Daddy Warbucks stood out, as did the actor playing Rooster. It was an enjoyable show, i think children would not notice the things many of the reviewers are mentioning. Was it in the caliber of Phantom? No, but one wouldn't expect it to be. I had an excellent seat, middle of the fourth row, so I could see everything very well. It was certainly a departure from the Downton Abby role of the cook for the actress that played Miss Hannigan. I thought she was fine, it was a campy performance, like Carol Burnett's was in the film.I still liked it better than "The King and I" though!
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