Music: Charles Strouse. Lyrics: Martin Charnin. Book: Thomas Meehan. John Frost/Power Arts/QPAC/Two Left Feet Production. Director: Karen Johnson Mortimer. Musical Director: Peter Casey. Choreography: Kelly Aykers. Lyric Theatre, QPAC from April 12, 2012.
Miss Hannigan hates ‘em, but last night the audience adored them. Annie’s orphans, headed by Chloe Thiel in the title role, and the scene-stealing moppet Kennedy Foley as Molly, walked away with the show. Their precision-drilled routines, their powerhouse vocals, and their drive gave the show its momentum and its heart.
Anthony Warlow made Oliver Warbucks a likeable curmudgeon, Nancye Hayes was a salty Miss Hannigan, with Todd McKenney (Rooster) and Chloe Dallimore (Lily St Regis) a couple of stylish con-artists.