Wednesday, February 18, 2015

5 Reasons You Should Go See Annie The Musical #AnnieOnTour #BroadwayInTampa

Leapin' Lizards!

I just returned from seeing Annie The Musical with my family and the Tampa Bay Bloggers compliments of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts and it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. From the excellent the the lived up to all of my high expectations and then some.

I don't like to give out spoilers and since most of you know the story of Annie, I thought it would be fun to do the top 5 reasons why you should see this production of Annie The Musical.

Reason 1: Positivity + Hope - The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow
My week started off rough. Monday morning I received a text that my Mom fell and broke her hip. My Mom has been extremely ill and in a lot of pain most of my life. She is also in Cincinnati. I was devastated. Shortly after this information came in, our power went out for a few hours. Not a great start to the week. I tried to stay positive and prayed and asked for prayers from friends and family. Well, I woke up Monday night to find out that my Mom only fractured her hip and already was recovering from a successful hip surgery. There would be no hip replacement. Thank goodness! Things are generally not as bad as they initially seem. Annie has very little and still remains positive and has big dreams. We can all learn a lot from Annie's optimism and hope. It is a lesson I hope to some day pass on to my kids. 

Photo by Joan Marcus via the Annie the Musical website

Reason 2: The Orphans

I am still in awe of these amazing young ladies. They are so incredibly talented and beautiful. You have to grin from ear to ear when watching them perform. Check out this audition video that includes the very talented Issie Swickle finding out that she is going to be Annie. You can also see the adorable curly haired Lilly Mae Stewart (Molly) in most of this video. She is going to make a fantastic Annie in a few years.

Photo by Joan Marcus via the Annie the Musical website

Reason 3: Mrs. Hannigan

Despite how adorable and talented the orphans were, Mrs. Hannigan was probably my favorite character. She was so incredible awful and crazy...and perfect. I am normally not a fan of villains. However, Lynn Andrews knocked this character out of the park and had everyone buzzing about her fantastic performance. Best Mrs. Hannigan ever. It is worth watching Annie to see her.

Photo by Joan Marcus from the Annie the Musical website

Reason 4: Sandy

This adorable rescue dog received "ohhs and ahhs" every single time that she appeared. I can only imagine the hours and hours spent training her. Who doesn't love a ragged, faithful dog? If the adorable orphan girls don't pull at your heartstrings, this furry girl will.

Reason 5: The Music

You didn't honestly think that I was done talking about the music, did you? I can't even begin to explain the range of emotions that I go through when watching Annie. There were literally tears in my eyes when "It's the Hard Knock Life" was being performed. The music of Annie reminds me of my childhood when I first witnessed Annie on Broadway in Cincinnati. The songs were performed flawlessly. There were favorites like "Tomorrow", "I Don't Need Anything But You" and Mrs. Hannigan's perfectly evil rendition of "Little Girls". Every last moment was perfect. There are some videos of the performances on the Annie The Musical website that you can watch including a montage.

Broadway Family Night: 

I shared this on my social media channels, but I wanted to mention it again. For the Wednesday, Feb. 18, performance (tonight!!), kids 12 and under can get 50% OFF their ticket with the purchase of a full-price adult ticket. Come before the show for fun activities and then stay after for a talk-back with company members! Broadway Family Nights are recommended for ages 5+

Metropolitan Ministries School Uniform Clothing Drive:

Sadly, there are children in the Tampa area that can not afford clothes, shoes and even food. At all Tampa performances of Annie, now through Sunday, Feb. 22, donations of primary school uniforms and other children’s clothing will be accepted at the Straz Center. The drive benefits Metropolitan Ministries who serve families in need in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Polk counties. 

Annie is here through Sunday, February 22nd. Make sure that you don't miss this fantastic musical! Performances of Annie are now - Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm and Sunday at 1pm and 6pm. Regularly priced tickets are $46-$105 and may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office or online at


Beth Blacker said...

I saw Annie when it first debuted on Broadway (yep, that makes me old) and have seen it several times since. You definitely captured to essence of the story very well and I don't care how many years go by, it will always be a classic for generations to come.

Lora said...

I'm so glad you had fun! I'm sorry I missed you! I hope your Mom gets well ASAP!

Nichole @ said...

Aww, I didn't see you...we got there right at the show start though. I like how you reviewed this, friend. I love this video clip too!

Jenny Hodges said...

SUCH A GREAT SHOW!!! I thought Miss Hannigan was fantastic, too!! My daughter's thought she was inappropriate and giggled every time she was on stage. It was awesome!

Rachel Gault said...

I love Annie! Glad you enjoyed the show - I'm hoping to take my sisters to see it this week. Also sending good vibes your way for a better rest of the week!