Annie

Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin, Book by Thomas Meehan

Directed by David Taylor

December 12th - 27th, 2003

The Tower Theatre performing at the Pleasance Theatre, Kings Cross

 

Cast List

Annie : Helen Guthrie or Hannah Maddison
Oliver Warbucks : Robert Reeve
Grace Farrell : Victoria Flint
Miss Hannigan : Diane Carr
Rooster : Richard Willis
Lily St Regis : Janet South


Orphans (Red Team)
Duffy : Lucy Danser
July : Sophie Danser
Rose : Ellie Hooper
Pepper : Azanya Byer-Andrews
Tessie : Caitlin Hooper
Kate : Lauren Gaines
Molly : Michaela Brooks
Milly : Imogen Byron


Orphans (Blue Team)
Duffy : Gemma Astbury
July : Maddy Oliver
Rose : Sophie Mitchell
Pepper : Sophie Feary
Tessie : Hannah Lipscomb
Kate : Evelyn Ley
Hope : Katie South
Molly : Elizabeth Willis
Milly : Kemi Awoderu


Sandy, the dog : Adora, Molly or Ruby
Bundles : Henry Chester
Dog catchers : Geoff Braman, Paris Panther or Simon Bullock
Apple seller : Vyvian Shaw
Officer Ward : Ben Gaule
Second policeman : Paris Panther or Simon Bullock
Hooverville residents : Henry Chester, Alison Liney, Geoff Braman, Christopher Yates, Jude McCrann, Penelope Dudley, Janet South, Richard Willis, Annalisa Checchi


Mr Warbucks' household
Cecille : Jude McCrann
Annette : Annalisa Checchi
Drake : Christopher Yates
Mrs Pugh : Vyvian Shaw
Mrs Greer : Alison Liney
Servants : Geoff Braman, Henry Chester, Penelope Dudley, Ben Gaule, Paris Panther


Judge Brandies : Henry Chester
People of NYC : Geoff Braman, Henry Chester, Penelope Dudley, Ben Gaule, Alison Liney, Jude McCrann, Vyvian Shaw, Christopher Yates Paris Panther
Star-to-be : Annalisa Checchi


In the Radio Studio
Bert Healy : Henry Chester
Jimmy Johnson : Christopher Yates
Fred McCracken : Geoff Braman
Boylan Sisters : Jude McCrann, Annalisa Checchi, Penelope Dudley
Sound effects man : Ben Gaule
Studio Manager : Alison Liney


At the White House
President Roosevelt : Geoff Braman
Senators : Henry Chester, Alison Liney, Vyvian Shaw
Howe : Ben Gaule
Marine : Paris Panther or Simon Bullock

 

Musicians

Peta Barker or Martin South (bass)
Luca Burroughs (saxes)
Arthur Garrison (percussion)
Colin Guthrie (keyboards)
Howard Hutt (trumpet)


Production Team


Director : David Taylor
Musical Director : Colin Guthrie
Choreographer : Jane Saunders
Assistant Director : Simon Bullock
Set Design : Christopher Richardson
Costume Design : David Taylor
Lighting Design : Stephen Ley
Sound : Phillip Ley

Stage Manager : Penny Tuerk
DSM : Laurence Tuerk
ASMs : Terry Baker-Self, Jean Carr, Jacqui Deprez, Tracey Henshaw, Lesley Scarth, Ann Watchorn, Dorothy Wright
Lighting operator : Nathalie Lake
Follow-spot operators : Lyndsey Ruigrok, Jacky Devitt, Deborah Suggitt
Sound operator : Chris Holmes
Set construction : Pleasance Theatre Workshop
Props : Jean Carr
Fit-up assistance : Keith Syrett, Terry Mathews
Wardrobe : Vanessa Westing, Helen Dudley, Celia Reynolds, Sheila Burbidge, Noreen Spall, Meryl Griffiths and members of the cast
Chaperones : Jo Allain, Nick Cannon, Jude Chalk, Ian Chaplain, Cavell Colley, Simon Bullock, Jerzy Giermakowski, Allan Hart, Barbara Mathews, Bernice Molloy, David Norman-Hedges, Jane Pallant, Doreen Shafran, Harriet Watson
Publicity : Pat Grosse, Zizi Sulkin



Review by Review by Marlies Morsink for Theatreworld Internet Magazine


Annie by Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin and Thomas Meehan Directed by David Taylor Musical Director : Colin Guthrie Annie is a musical full of optimism and Christmas cheer, with something for the whole family - except, perhaps, ten-year-old Johnny who is apt to fidget and giggle through two hours of watching girls sing and dance. We meet eleven-year-old Annie (played by Helen Guthrie in half the performances and Hannah Maddison in the other half, fourteen and thirteen years old respectively) at the orphanage run by the mean-spirited Miss Hannigan (played to inebriated and simpering perfection by Diane Carr).

Annie and eight other little orphan girls - aged seven to sixteen in real life - sleep two to a bed, are forced to do menial chores, and are only too familiar with the 'hard-knock life'. The little rascals lighten their misery by making fun of their mistress. Annie dreams of finding her parents, who abandoned her at birth - cue for Maybe, the song about Mom and Dad coming to find their baby (yes, it rhymes). Annie's unquenchable optimism is captured in Tomorrow, probably the best known of the musical's songs, in which she sings, 'The sun'll come out tomorrow ... Tomorrow clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow.' Such spirit in the face of adversity warms the cockles of the heart.

What is more, it is rewarded. Annie is invited to spend Christmas with the wealthiest man in America, Daddy Warbucks (played with the appropriate gravitas by Robert Reeve), who becomes so attached to the little ragamuffin that he decides to adopt her. The backdrop of depression era America emphasizes the obstacles facing Annie in this rags-to-riches story, and turns Annie's success into a metaphor for the power of a positive approach to life. Annie, with her 'every-cloud-has-a-silver-lining' attitude, is an inspiration to none other than President Roosevelt, who hits upon the New Deal as the way to combat unemployment and boost the United States' economy, thanks to Annie.

The original Annie - based on the famous American 1930s comic strip Little Orphan Annie - opened to rave reviews on Broadway in 1977, and won seven Tony awards. It opened in London one month later, and ran for three and a half years. The Tower Theatre's Annie is the hands-down winner for getting into the Christmas spirit this season in London.