[NEohioPAL] Review of "Annie" at Playhouse Square

Bob Abelman via NEohioPAL neohiopal at lists.neohiopal.org
Wed Jan 13 10:46:27 PST 2016

There’s adorability galore, but spontaneity is absent from touring ‘Annie’ 

Bob Abelman

Cleveland Jewish News, The News Herald, The Morning Journal

Member, International Association of Theatre Critics

“I've made me a fortune.  That fortune made ten. 
Been headlined and profiled, again and again. 
But something was missing (I never quite knew) 
That something was someone -- But who?” 

Late in the second act of “Annie,” billionaire industrialist Oliver Warbucks sings about his empty life despite his net worth.   These words also apply to the musical itself.  The show has made quite a fortune for its creators and producers, considering that the Tony Award-winning original Broadway production ran for 2,377 performances from 1977 to 1983 and led to subsequent revivals and tours that have been headlining theaters nation-wide.  

But it’s not a “who” that is missing from the current national tour of this musical, on stage for a limited run at the Connor Palace in Playhouse Square.   It’s a “what.”  

The “what” is spontaneity.  And the cause is time.

For more of this review, go to www.clevelandjewishnews.com/columnists/.  

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