Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA.
December 5, 2023.
The long-lasting Tony Award-winning musical Annie has made its technique to Atlanta’s Fox Theatre. The Nationwide Tour can be on the town for a restricted engagement, from December 5-10. Directed by Jenn Thompson, with choreography by Patricia Wilcox, the present consists of viewers favorites, “It’s the Laborious Knock Life,” “Little Ladies” and, after all, “Tomorrow.” Recognized for its spunky redhead with a penchant for all the time discovering the bright-side, Annie is timeless for a cause – its potential to seize the hearts of every technology and remind them, “The solar will come out tomorrow.”
Whether or not by music, or good comedic timing, Rainier “Rainey” Treviño portrayed the titular orphan with wide-eyed marvel. Treviño’s vocals had been assured and clear – actually excellent for somebody her age and stage. It was opening night time, and what nerves she might have initially felt rapidly dissipated. At solely 11 years previous, her professionalism shone when a technical issue pressured a quick pause early within the present. With out lacking a beat, Treviño hurried offstage, and returned moments later earlier than belting out the beloved “Tomorrow” with the lovable mutt Sandy by her facet.
Stefanie Londino, within the function of Miss Hannigan, was a direct standout. Londino completely captured the essence of Hannigan – I couldn’t assist however rapidly draw parallels between her efficiency and Carol Burnett’s within the 1982 movie. Though probably impressed by Burnett’s depiction of Hannigan, Londino took her personal strategy to the negligent antagonist, including blues-y runs and cheeky mannerisms to the songs, filling out the character much more. That is Londino’s second Nationwide Tour as Miss Hannigan, and I can’t think about anybody else filling her snakeskin footwear.
Christopher Swan reprised his function as Oliver Warbucks, and it’s straightforward to see why. Swan nailed the powerful exterior, soft-hearted billionaire. The dynamics between Swan and Treviño made the timeless characters much more endearing. As the 2 sang and danced throughout “I Don’t Want Something However You,” the viewers might see the belief and admiration every had for the opposite. Julia Nicole Hunter reprised her function as Grace, secretary to Mr. Warbucks. Hunter’s command of the stage proved her veteran standing. It was apparent Hunter was made for a task as this – no nonsense, but variety, with crystal-clear vocals besides.
Having so many key roles reprised by former actors speaks to the standard of the group surrounding Annie. I can’t assist however suppose how having that continuity is helpful to the younger actors who rotate out and in as orphans. What a present to have seasoned adults onstage and off to information and assist them.
Whereas I used to be a bit upset by the shortage of huge dance numbers, choreography shone for small teams. “Straightforward Road” captured the jazzy music and iconic characters by dance. One other standout choreography second was in “You’re By no means Totally Dressed With no Smile.” Maybe it was as a result of we had been into the second act of opening night time, however on this quantity the orphans appeared a bit extra relaxed and in a position to get pleasure from themselves onstage. The viewers responded accordingly – the largest applause of the night time, up till that time, occurred as the women hit their remaining pose.
My signature music as a younger woman was “Tomorrow.” I might belt the lyrics, as my mother accompanied me on the piano, or generally I’d sing acapella to family and friends who would hear. However, as with so many people, it’s straightforward for childlike optimism to get replaced with realism backed by life’s “onerous knocks.” Having the prospect to as soon as once more be swept away by the without end sunny outlook of Broadway’s Annie was simply what my coronary heart wanted coming into this Christmas season.
You should definitely catch Annie on its Nationwide Tour! Go to www.AnnieTour.com to be taught extra.
By Melody McTier Thomason of Dance Informa.