‘Annie’ brings hope and endurance to the Crouse Hinds Theater

Who: Famous Artists presents Broadway in Syracuse

Where: Crouse-Hinds Theater

When: No longer on sale.

Tickets: $15-$40

With all the lovable familiarities of the classic, Famous Artists Broadway Theatre Series presented “Annie” March 1-3 in the Crouse Hinds Theater.

Original lyricist and director Martin Charnin served as the director for this production as well. His musical touch allowed the cast to give a splendid vocal performance of the melodious scores that have become synonymous with the well-known red head such as “Maybe,” “Tomorrow” and “It’s a Hard Knock Life.”

According to Broadwayinsyracuse.com, Charnin stated that this upcoming presentation of “Annie the Musical” would channel aspects of the original 1977 Broadway production.  

Songs such as “We’d Like to Thank You Herbert Hoover” reference President Hoover and the economic situation surrounding the Depression. President Roosevelt also makes frequent appearances in the show. Hence “Annie” rises above the standard of being “a nice story about an orphan girl” to becoming one of hope and endurance during hardship.

Annie the Musical

Lynn Andrews performs as Miss Hannigan in “Little Girls.” Photo by Joan Marcus

Although Heidi Gray emulates the exuberance and innocence that is Annie, it is Miss Hannigan, played by Lynn Andrews, who is the real show stealer. Andrews has an uncanny ability to portray the whiskey-drinking grump of a headmistress, offering up a performance that is incredibly satisfying, witty and amusing.

Like any good story “Annie” entrances children, yet entertains adults, all while teaching us to look on the bright side.  

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