Overview: Annie is an orphan, living in an orphanage for girls, run by Miss Hannigan. Though Annie can be a bit of a trouble maker, Miss Hannigan is crazy and punishes all the girls for everything. In a publicity stunt, billionaire Oliver Warbucks sends his assistant to pick up an orphan to share his home with for a week. By the end of the week Annie has charmed her way into his heart and he decides he wants to adopt her. However Annie puts the breakes on, because she has been waiting for her parents and believes they are still out there. Warbucks offers to find them, and puts out a reward for any information on them. Miss Hannigan and her brother concoct a plan to disguise themselves as her parents for the reward money. Hannigan, who secretly loves Annie, has a change of heart and wants to turn back but her brother won’t let her. Warbucks finds out he was conned and has to save Annie in a helicopter. In the end Annie gets a new home and all is well.
Opinion: It’s a sweet musical, where Warbucks learns to soften his heart and we learn the power of love. The idea of adopting for a week as a publicity stunt is horrible, but needed to be done in order to start the show. If Warbucks was open to adoption in the beginning, there wouldn’t be anywhere for the show to go.
Quick fact: this is the movie I fell in love with Tim Curry who plays Rooster, Hannigan’s brother.
My favorite song for choreography would have to be “We Got Annie.” It’s the best song to see dance from the time period and a couple different cultures.
Favorite song would have to be “Just Sign,” Warbucks is trying to get Hannigan to sign the adoption papers, and ends up blackmailing her to do so. He even tells her he had Herbert Hoover spying on her.