I kinda agree. I've met the man, and in my PERSONAL OPINION, he's squeezing all he can out of "Annie." What I mean is, look at Charles Strouse and Thomas Meehan. They have so many shows under their belt...Annie, Bye Bye Birdie, Hairspray, etc. Mr. Martin Charnin has...Annie. That's it. And he's at every audition, makes every decision, etc. All I'm saying is this is all he has and I feel he is squeezing every penny he can out of it. That's not to say it's a bad thing, he needs a way to make money and if he enjoys this, then good for him! But he does give sort of a "different" air, so to speak. I dunno...Just wacthed Julie's film, one thing I cannot let slide.
He certainley takes enormous personal pleasure in lording over every casting session. He coud have someone pre screen for him, but he wants to be right there on the front lines grabbing little girl's shoulder, "I WANT YOU!" scorning and dismissing others, they can skiddatle OR "WE HAVE A VERY TOUGH DECISION AND WE HAVE NOT MADE IT [YET...SOOO...DONT LOSE ANY SLEEP!" sarcastic, arrogant sob!
He's sadistic and creepy. He loves plopping those lucky little waifs on his knees and giving then the good news. But delivering the bad? He is nowhere to be found! Poor pretty Kristin Vigard. He could not facce it. A stagehand was elected to deliver the news. Joanna, obviiously out of her league but Martin' choice afterall, had to avoid a face to face with the little girl he picked, so sent this shy little 12 year old a FAX IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT saying shehas been fired!! He can't sac up and have an honest conversation with a 10 yeat old that HE HAS HIRED. Unbelievable! it this very reason that kristen and joana are so screwed up today. shame on him. shame on him.