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Just in case you were wondering, Sydney as Duffy looked barely an inch taller thatn Mackenzie as Molly, Sydney did the "Molly dancing" in Smile, so I think that is where the reviewer is getting that from. Sydney was fantastic as Duffy. And absolutely adorable in Smile when she tapped.That's absolutely horrible! I'm shocked that anyone would make comments like that! The article also says:
The seven (6+Annie) little orphans, always counted-on to be the joy of the story, here, were sloppy in their production numbersin need of additional rehearsals (and some younger casting). The one exception, being the littlest munchkina 9-year old Sydney Richardson (as DUFFY) who is a delight to watch!
What a terrible review! And Duffy isn't even the youngest! Is this site even credible?
And of course we should ignore the good reviews, since only bad reviews are correct, right?The problem is that illness comes with the territory, especially on a non-union tour crammed with one or two night stops. That's something that the parents really need to think about before agreeing to or even auditioning for a tour like this. And it's just a fact that some people will like a show and actors and others will not. Making excuses for the bad show reviews won't change them, so just let it go. I happen to love Annie, but think that the producers seem to be milking this tour. Kids or not, you are right, the show must go on. I also agree with the poster that said regional theaters will have an easier time getting rights to Annie once it stops touring. I'm more satisfied with a professionally done regional production than a tired tour and I'm sure others would be too.
just to set the record straight about San Francisco:Thought I'd share some personal insight on reviews and Annie. After opening in Seattle to some pretty good reviews we made our trip to San Fransisco. We had what all of us thought was a very good opening night even though the theater was half full. The reviews that came out afterward tore the show apart. Every one! Two weeks after, we opened in LA. We were the hottest ticket in town! Great press, stars coming back stage each night, great parties. Yes this was the same show, just a different crowd.
Some time later, John took some time off while we played East Lansing. I got to play Warbucks for the entire week. I was looking forward to now only playing the role, but hopefully getting some good reviews for my scrapbook and web site. Well East Lansing only had one paper and one reviewer. In his review he didn't even mention me, he mentioned John. He said something like 'while the understudies for John Schuck and Mackenzie Phillips (who had left the show 2 weeks earlier) did an admiral job, blah, blah blah, star power'. I was ticked. That afternoon before the show I went to a restaurant next to the hotel for a pre-show meal. The bartender asked "weren't you in the Annie I just saw?". I said "yes, did you enjoy the show?" He said "I did. I wrote the a review, did you see it?" The Bartender handed me the paper with the fore mentioned review. I smiled and told him I hadn't read it and proceeded to read it once more. Shortly thereafter he brought me my soup. I said "thank you" and began eating. I left the restaurant with his 15% tip and didn't mention his review to him. After all, he didn't mention me. The point is, I put to much stock into what a reviewer might think of my performance. A reviewer may hate the show, be attached to an actor he saw once and no one could measure up, seen countless productions (always a problem with Annie), just broke up with his/her partner, or is a hopeful bartender taking a journalism class. A couple of bad reviews is not the end of the world. I've seen great actors get them and bad actors get great ones.
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I would have to disagree with the statement that said "standing ovation means nothing" and that it always happens. I've been to many a Broaedway show that has not received them, as well as many national tours that I felt deserved them that only a small handful of people stood for... the same goes for high school productions. I believe that the stading o's are earned - and the more the audience likes the show, they reward the performers. That is just my humble opinion.I agree with your last statement. A standing ovation means nothing. I don't think I've ever been to a Broadway show that didn't end in a standing ovation. We get standing ovations at the end of every one of my school shows. I don't know if this is a growing trend or if it's always been this way, but it doesn't always mean that the audience thought the show was spectacular. It's more of a courtesy thing in my experiences.
I saw the show at the kodak in LA and sadly, it's true. Everyone is the audience was saying/thinking the same thing. She was wrongly cast in this part which isn't fair to her or to the folks who shelled out $65 a ticket to see the show. She didn't look the part, could not sing dance or act. She was awful. Sorry, but the truth is the truth.What a horrible thing to say about a little girl! That reviewer should be ashamed! Calling a little girl fat?! O my goodness thismakes me so angry. I would like to say though, that Madison is a FANTASTIC Annie and it makes me so sad that the press is saying such negative things about her. Does anyone have an email address contact for her or or family? I would really like to send her an email telling her how great I thought she was. Hopefully she hasnt read any of these reviews but I would still like to le her know what an incredible job i thought she did in the role. Julie, I know you coached with her. If i wrote her an email could i send it to you and you could forward it?