OMG! Have you seen this!

anon
anon

January 13th, 2009, 8:59 pm #1

The substitution of Madison Kerth (replacing Tianna Stevens) as ANNIE, showed us a roly-poly, older-looking ANNIE (can you imagine a pregnant-looking Annie?), with a strident voice, that failed to deliver the expected delight of ANNIEs character. Partnering ANNIE as Daddy OLIVER WARBUCKS, as the spirit of hope in that depression era, and savior for Orphan ANNIE was David Barton.who is as close to perfect-casting as anyone else in the production. Clear-voiced and assertive, David Barton held his many scenes together, and scored well in NYC, SOMETHING WAS MISSING, and the plaintiff message to ANNIE in I DONT NEED ANYTING BUT YOU.


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Katarina (Norway)
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January 13th, 2009, 9:15 pm #2

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Meghan
Meghan

January 13th, 2009, 9:21 pm #3

The substitution of Madison Kerth (replacing Tianna Stevens) as ANNIE, showed us a roly-poly, older-looking ANNIE (can you imagine a pregnant-looking Annie?), with a strident voice, that failed to deliver the expected delight of ANNIEs character. Partnering ANNIE as Daddy OLIVER WARBUCKS, as the spirit of hope in that depression era, and savior for Orphan ANNIE was David Barton.who is as close to perfect-casting as anyone else in the production. Clear-voiced and assertive, David Barton held his many scenes together, and scored well in NYC, SOMETHING WAS MISSING, and the plaintiff message to ANNIE in I DONT NEED ANYTING BUT YOU.


http://sdpix.com/?p=1558
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?
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Natalie
Natalie

January 13th, 2009, 9:32 pm #4

The substitution of Madison Kerth (replacing Tianna Stevens) as ANNIE, showed us a roly-poly, older-looking ANNIE (can you imagine a pregnant-looking Annie?), with a strident voice, that failed to deliver the expected delight of ANNIEs character. Partnering ANNIE as Daddy OLIVER WARBUCKS, as the spirit of hope in that depression era, and savior for Orphan ANNIE was David Barton.who is as close to perfect-casting as anyone else in the production. Clear-voiced and assertive, David Barton held his many scenes together, and scored well in NYC, SOMETHING WAS MISSING, and the plaintiff message to ANNIE in I DONT NEED ANYTING BUT YOU.


http://sdpix.com/?p=1558
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?
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NYCMom
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January 13th, 2009, 9:35 pm #5

The substitution of Madison Kerth (replacing Tianna Stevens) as ANNIE, showed us a roly-poly, older-looking ANNIE (can you imagine a pregnant-looking Annie?), with a strident voice, that failed to deliver the expected delight of ANNIEs character. Partnering ANNIE as Daddy OLIVER WARBUCKS, as the spirit of hope in that depression era, and savior for Orphan ANNIE was David Barton.who is as close to perfect-casting as anyone else in the production. Clear-voiced and assertive, David Barton held his many scenes together, and scored well in NYC, SOMETHING WAS MISSING, and the plaintiff message to ANNIE in I DONT NEED ANYTING BUT YOU.


http://sdpix.com/?p=1558
Very unfortunate for a kid to have to read something like that. I do have to agree, though with his overall comments about the tour in this past year. BUT, remember, ANY negative comment made about a child especially is hurtful, even though some comments may seem worse than others, like the one in this review. I know many say you open yourself up to both the good and bad as a performer, but people should really think before making such specific remarks.
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Laura
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January 13th, 2009, 9:41 pm #6

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?
Though this was harsh I believe it to be honest. My sister in law was at that production and she agreed with all of the criticism except the part about Annie being fat and the sets. She thought the sets were lacking. Though it takes tremendous ability to get up there as a little girl to play any of the roles let's face it not all of the girls are equally talented. Not all Annies are talented. It's a business and time and funds permitting the produces pick anyone who can fit the cog. My sister in law told me her feelings a few days ago and I wasn't going to post anything not wanting to be a downer. But after this review I had to say something. I believe they should hold productions of Annie for awhile. It's too much they're ruining it's good name. It's becoming a parody of itself. She said she saw better Annies in Annie Jr at the school where she use to teach in. The orphans were very sloppy and amateurish. The fact that they're children shouldn't matter. She also said that during "New Deal" the girls were so distracted that she felt jipped. You overlook such things in an amateur production but not when you're paying big bucks. Kids are capable of much more than this production offers.
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another anon
another anon

January 13th, 2009, 10:29 pm #7

The substitution of Madison Kerth (replacing Tianna Stevens) as ANNIE, showed us a roly-poly, older-looking ANNIE (can you imagine a pregnant-looking Annie?), with a strident voice, that failed to deliver the expected delight of ANNIEs character. Partnering ANNIE as Daddy OLIVER WARBUCKS, as the spirit of hope in that depression era, and savior for Orphan ANNIE was David Barton.who is as close to perfect-casting as anyone else in the production. Clear-voiced and assertive, David Barton held his many scenes together, and scored well in NYC, SOMETHING WAS MISSING, and the plaintiff message to ANNIE in I DONT NEED ANYTING BUT YOU.


http://sdpix.com/?p=1558
I have to say that I have the strangest feeling that before long, it will be Amanda back in the title role PERMANENTLY.

No, I have NOT seen the show.

AND NO, I REALLY don't mean ANYTHING bad about Madison! From what clips I have heard of her, I bet that she is a darn good Annie.

What I DO mean is this......

It just seems like a little bit too much of a conspiracy that all of a sudden Tianna is out and Amanda is BACK as Kate/Annie... Seems like a plot to me.

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Meghan
Meghan

January 13th, 2009, 10:54 pm #8

Though this was harsh I believe it to be honest. My sister in law was at that production and she agreed with all of the criticism except the part about Annie being fat and the sets. She thought the sets were lacking. Though it takes tremendous ability to get up there as a little girl to play any of the roles let's face it not all of the girls are equally talented. Not all Annies are talented. It's a business and time and funds permitting the produces pick anyone who can fit the cog. My sister in law told me her feelings a few days ago and I wasn't going to post anything not wanting to be a downer. But after this review I had to say something. I believe they should hold productions of Annie for awhile. It's too much they're ruining it's good name. It's becoming a parody of itself. She said she saw better Annies in Annie Jr at the school where she use to teach in. The orphans were very sloppy and amateurish. The fact that they're children shouldn't matter. She also said that during "New Deal" the girls were so distracted that she felt jipped. You overlook such things in an amateur production but not when you're paying big bucks. Kids are capable of much more than this production offers.
While I do agree with you that not all Annies are created equal, and madison was not the number one best ever, I honestly did not beleive she was as bad as they are making her out to beleive. Vocally, I thought she was much better than Amanda. Actingwise, yes she has some room to grow, but i'm sure as she gets more comfertable in the role and with daddy warbucks etc that will improve. Of course you are entitled to you opinion, but i'm just feeling like some of the critisism she is getting is unwarranted. No she is not perfect or the best annie ever, but i wouldnt compare her to wouldnt compare it to a school play. I also disagree with you about the orphans. While everyone of them didnt stand out as some previous groups of orphans have, they were still great and not amateurish.

As far as putting professional productions on hold for a while.....
YES PLEASE
Honestly, this tour has gone on for far too long. It astounds me that people are still willing to pay so much money to see a show that they could see just as good a production of at their local comunnity theater. Also, with this tour continuing, it restricts the rights for schools and local theaters from doing the show. The childrens theater at wich i have grown up performing has been trying to include it in its season for the past four years and keep getting denied because the tour is still out. Back when they tried to do it the first time i was still young enough to play annie, but not any more. : (
enough already.

To the person who is forseeing amanda becoming full time Annie again....
I'm seeing that too. it wouldnt surprise me at all.

Anyways, I just wanted to let people know that I HAVE ACTUALLY SEEN Madison perform and she really is not terrible like she is being made out to be.


Laura: I just wanted to say that I completely respect your opinion and i really hope you dont take anything in this post as directly targeted at you, because i only mean for it to further the discussion, not to insult you in anyway. (particularly the part about me having actually seen the show, i dont mean that as "you havent even seen the show so dont be talking". I just dont want people to driven away from seeing the show.

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Laura
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January 13th, 2009, 11:00 pm #9

Thank you for your civil response. I too am not criticizing Madison. I think my main point is that they should give the tour a rest because whether we love Annie or not is giving people a less than proper impression. And it's no one's fault, not the little girls. They're not getting the rehearsal they may need because of budget etc. I just think they should remember "absence makes the heart grow fonder"
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Another anon anon
Another anon anon

January 13th, 2009, 11:02 pm #10

I have to say that I have the strangest feeling that before long, it will be Amanda back in the title role PERMANENTLY.

No, I have NOT seen the show.

AND NO, I REALLY don't mean ANYTHING bad about Madison! From what clips I have heard of her, I bet that she is a darn good Annie.

What I DO mean is this......

It just seems like a little bit too much of a conspiracy that all of a sudden Tianna is out and Amanda is BACK as Kate/Annie... Seems like a plot to me.
AGREE....I keep wondering why you would return to play Kate? Why not go to the hot list or ask one of the other orphans from last year. There are quite a few girls that could play Kate, no problem. Why Amanda?
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