“Annie” Arrives at Westchester Broadway Theatre in Fantastic Production!

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 By: Evelyn J. Mocbeichel Source: Town Link.com

As a child visiting my grandmother for lunch, one of the memorable parts of that meal was using a special mug that had the likeness of Orphan Annie on the front. Stirring my hot chocolate, I used a spoon with Charlie McCarthy’s face on the top of the handle. These were used by my mom as a little girl. My grandmother explained who both characters were along with their story.

Annie’s tale has always been my favorite, whether on film or stage. Annie arrived as the latest production at the Westchester Broadway Theatre (WBT) in Elmsford. It runs through September 10th, perfect for families, friends, and children to be entertained by this lively, beloved story. This production features a superb cast, fantastic scenery, and outstanding musical and dance numbers — so don’t miss it!

Inspired by Little Orphan Annie, the 1924 comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie is a heart-warming story, filled with adventure and laughs, that defines what family truly means. It’s one of the longest running and world’s best-loved shows in Broadway history and the winner of seven Tony Awards. Set in 1933 in New York City during the Great Depression, it tells the story of a young orphan who charms those around her with her spunky personality. The orphanage’s supervisor, Miss Hannigan, is less than charmed and punishes Annie and the other orphans and even concocts a devious get-rich-quick scheme. Annie finds refuge from the orphanage when billionaire Oliver Warbucks asks her to spend the holidays with him. Magic and adventure follow as Annie develops loving relationships with the many people she encounters, including President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In the end, she foils Miss Hannigan’s evil plans and finds a loving family that she can call her own.

Notable musical numbers include It’s the Hard Knock Life, Easy Street, I Don’t Need Anything But You, and Tomorrow. Music for Annie is by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, based on the book by Thomas Meehan. Powerful vocals by Peyton Ella (Annie) were unbelievable, with every supporting cast member incredible in their roles making this an extraordinarily cast production on all levels. Well-deserved standing ovations at the show’s end showed audience appreciation.

Dinner and show range between $56.00 and $84.00 plus tax depending on the performances chosen, with discounts for children, students, senior citizens and groups of twenty or more at select performances