Westchester Broadway Theater's ANNIE

Published: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 By: Camille Kaiser Source: The Cue

Although “Annie” has been performed numerous times for over forty years, it never loses its charm and appeal because it is a story of hope and promise. It is so heartwarming that one cannot tire of watching it unfold over and over again.

Under the direction and choreography of Mary Jane Houdina and the musical direction of William Stanley, Westchester Broadway Theatre’s production was pure perfection, captivating the audience from the moment the lights went up, eliciting laughter and tears throughout the show and brought the audience to its feet at the finale.

Haylie Shea Christiano, Tahlie Ellie, Maureen Henshaw, Ruby Griffin, Anike Bobra and Ella Stanley as the orphans and Peyton Ella as Annie open the show with a rousing “It’s A Hard Knock Life”. The antics of the show stealer, Susann Fletcher as Miss Hannigan and her song, “Little Girls” were priceless.

In her travels, Annie meets her dog, Sandy, played by Sunny, who was rescued from an animal shelter and trained by Bill Berloni. She comforts the dog and promises better days with the signature song, “Tomorrow”, which she sang to perfection.

Michael DeVries and Celeste Hudson were perfectly cast as Daddy Warbucks and Grace Farrell and performed their roles and musical numbers flawlessly. The scenes with Miss Hannigan, her brother, Rooster (Adam Roberts) and his girlfriend, Lily St. Regis (Aubrey Sinn) were witty and fast paced. Their musical number, “Easy Street”, was done to perfection and one of my personal favorites.

The sizable ensemble was musically outstanding and was believable in their various roles putting the finishing touch on an excellent production. This was one of the finest versions, if not the finest, I have ever seen. Don’t miss it. The show continues through September 10th. For reservations call (914) 592-2222.