Sunday, January 15, 2012

Annie hits Atlanta's Famous The Fox Theatre and Brings Crowds to It's Feet!

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One of the best loved musicals of all time, ANNIE, returned to Atlanta and the famous and fabulous Fox Theatre, last night, Saturday, January 14th.  Boasting one of Broadway’s most memorable scores, including “It’s the Hard-Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “N.Y.C.,” and the ever optimistic “Tomorrow,” you can bet your bottom dollar that ANNIE brought a smile to my face last night. 

This was the first time I have ever had the privilege of seeing the play (no, I had never seen the movie or even read the book in case you are wondering, and yes, I realize I am the rarity).  Everyone told me I would love it, and I did.

What can you say about Annie?  It's the classic story we all know of an orphaned girl whose dream of finding a family,  love, and acceptance finally come true through her determination to find her birth parents.

Christopher B. Manos, Producer of Theater of the Stars says,   “We are delighted that a whole new generation can experience this classic musical about never giving up hope!”

Everyone knows how much I love Disney, and the story of Annie and Daddy Warbucks falls right line with Disney's premise of never stop believing or giving up because dreams really can come true!

The play was wonderful.  Manos told the audience before it started how delighted he was they were able to secure and use so many talented local actors and actresses, and these folks did not disappoint.  Some of the children in this play were amazing.  Sara Goldberg, who played the youngest member of the orphaned girls captured our hearts from the moment the curtain raised and she cried out, "Mommy!" from her sad little orphan bed.  She was simply amazing.

Mary Peeples, who played Annie, also did a remarkable job, never missing a cue or singing a note off key.  It always amazes me to watch children perform and how talented and remarkable so many of them are.

Then, of course, we were introduced to the famous Sally Struthers, which almost all of us know from the 70s sitcom, "All in the Family."  She was incredible, to say the least.  Her energy and flawless performance of Ms. Hannigan anchored the play and tied it all together.  She was wonderful as the crotchety and mostly-drunken older woman who runs Annie's orphanage.

If you are planning on seeing Annie while it's here in town, it   runs through January 22nd.  Tickets range from $25 to $65 and are on sale through or by calling 800-982-2787. You can also get special group rates for 15 or more by calling 404-881-2000, emailing, or on-line at

I would also encourage you taking your children if possible.  I saw the opening night performance, and the theater was packed.  So many children!  It was great seeing them dressed up, taking their pictures in front the Annie marquee, and even dancing along in their seats to the songs.

Here is a little background on Annie....

The original Broadway production of ANNIE won seven Tony Awards in 1977, including Best Musical, Book, and Score.  It ran for 2,377 performances and has subsequently been produced all over the world.  The original production is one of the top 20 longest-running shows in Broadway history, and ANNIE continues to be one of the most successful musicals ever.
Written by Thomas Meehan and music by Charles Strouse, this Atlanta engagement of ANNIE is being produced by Christopher Manos and directed and choreographed by Norb Joerder.  Michael Dansicker is the musical director and conductor.


will play the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta from January 14-22, 2012.  Remaining performances are as follows:  Sunday, January 15 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; Tuesday, January 17 at 8:00 p.m.; Wednesday, January 18 at 8:00 p.m.; Friday, January 20 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, January 21 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, January 22 at 1:30 p.m. Ticker

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