Today's matinee in San Diego

Today's matinee in San Diego

Meghan
Meghan

January 12th, 2009, 5:10 am #1

Hi Everyone!

Today Me and Jessie, who is also a regular poster here, took my little sister to see the tour in San Diego. Having just read the review from friday night in San Diego, we were a little worried, and we were expecting it to be possibly not so good. Boy were we wrong! the show was FANTASTIC! And really, I am not just saying that, because I can be very harsh and I was honestly looking for things that werent good about it, but both of us still thought the show was really great.

Madison was playing Annie, and Amanda's first show wasn't until tonight, so the adult swing was on as Kate. (i'll talk about that later). Madison was great as Annie. Vocally, she is very very talented. At first we were a little unsure because her "Maybe" was kinda mellow and not very powerful, but later we decided that she must have been instructed to sing it more sweetly and softer because as the show went on it became clear that she has a very strong voice with a great belt. Her acting was also great. Her locket scene could have been better but I would imagine that as she plays the part more and more she will get better at this particular scene, wich is a pretty difficult one to pull off beleivably. All in all though, Madison was a spectacular Annie and we were very happy to have gotten to see her.

The orphans were also great. Especially standing out among them, i would say, were Ivy Moody as Pepper, and Sydney Richardson as Duffy. Sydney is a very talented little girl and so adorable. She caught my eye in Never Fully Dressed even before her tap solo because I noticed her feet doing most of the steps as tap steps rather than just regular dance moves, wich i thought was pretty impressive. And then she did molly's tap solo and she was awesome. We were close enough to the stage (after having snuck down from the balcony after intermission...hehe)that I could hear the sound of her tapping and she was one excellent little tapper. she wasnt just sort of shuffling around like some of the past mollys have done. I dont know what it is about Ivy that makes her stand out but she really did stand out to me as being especially talented. on another note, why the heck to they make poor july sing her solo in Smile so ridiculously?! its not all that funny and the poor girl doesnt get to show off her undoubtedly great voice. I really wish that they'd change that.

Ok, so to talk about the height thing that some people commented on. To be perfectly honest, on stage Ivy and Dominique did seem kinda tall, however they still seemed young and did not at all make me feel that they were too old for their parts. You will see in the pictures below that they are around 2 ish inches shorter than I am and I am 5'0. The adult orphan swing, on the other hand, was at least 4 or 5 inches taller than all the orphans and, to be honest, does not pass as a child in any way. While i didnt see Sunny last year, she was under 5 feet tall, and to me seemed like she had a pretty young looking face. Sari, the swing this year, is not short, and her face is not really childish at all. It is of no insult to her talent (she sang the opening solo of smile and sounded good, but not like a kid), but she just doesnt look like a kid, and yes, it bothered me.

David Barton was a phenomenal warbucks, i thought. There is nothing i would change about his portrayal, he was flawless to me. very talented. I also loved Analisa Leaming as Grace. She has a beautiful voice and performed fantastically. Lynn Andrews makes a great Hannigan. She was Hilarious, and very talented, and her Little Girls was awesome. The other performers and the ensemble were fine. Mikey was adorable as Sandy too. I mean, overall, the show really was great. I dont know what warranted that bad review.

All the girls were so sweet afterward at the stagedoor. Amanda was there too so it was fun to see her. I was a little sad when she emailed me yesterday to say she wouldnt be going on until the night show, but it was fun to see her anyways. What a nice girl. She got so tall! she was just about the same height as domenique who is the tallest of the orphans. last time i saw her when she had just moved from molly to duffy she was so little, and now she is almost as tall as me. All the little kids were going up to her for autographs, they all thought she had been in the show. At one point a little girl walked up to madison and said "you're annie!....but ur real name is Tianna!" and Madison said very sweetly, "no, I'm madison!" and just kept on signing. She handled it very well and it was funny. The programs all said Tianna was plating annie and they didnt even make an announcement before the show or include an insert in the program, wich i thought was pretty unfair for madison.

Anways, The show was really really great, and here's some pics from the stagedoor:


***ok, nevermind. I lied. for some reason my memory card reader isnt working. I'll hafta post the pics later. sorry, pics coming soon!


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Julie Stevens
Julie Stevens

January 12th, 2009, 5:17 am #2

Thanks for the review. Why wouldn't they announce that Madison is playing Annie or have an insert in the program? That seems awfully rude and I can assure you that no adult actor would tolerate that. Madison deserves for people to know her name and know that she was the one who gave the performance.

Julie
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Meghan
Meghan

January 12th, 2009, 5:23 am #3

Exactly what I was thinking! The poor girl didn't even get any credit for her spectacular performance! But she really was a truly fantastic Annie.....hmmm...I wonder who coached her? LOL
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Jessie
Jessie

January 12th, 2009, 5:48 am #4

Hi Everyone!

Today Me and Jessie, who is also a regular poster here, took my little sister to see the tour in San Diego. Having just read the review from friday night in San Diego, we were a little worried, and we were expecting it to be possibly not so good. Boy were we wrong! the show was FANTASTIC! And really, I am not just saying that, because I can be very harsh and I was honestly looking for things that werent good about it, but both of us still thought the show was really great.

Madison was playing Annie, and Amanda's first show wasn't until tonight, so the adult swing was on as Kate. (i'll talk about that later). Madison was great as Annie. Vocally, she is very very talented. At first we were a little unsure because her "Maybe" was kinda mellow and not very powerful, but later we decided that she must have been instructed to sing it more sweetly and softer because as the show went on it became clear that she has a very strong voice with a great belt. Her acting was also great. Her locket scene could have been better but I would imagine that as she plays the part more and more she will get better at this particular scene, wich is a pretty difficult one to pull off beleivably. All in all though, Madison was a spectacular Annie and we were very happy to have gotten to see her.

The orphans were also great. Especially standing out among them, i would say, were Ivy Moody as Pepper, and Sydney Richardson as Duffy. Sydney is a very talented little girl and so adorable. She caught my eye in Never Fully Dressed even before her tap solo because I noticed her feet doing most of the steps as tap steps rather than just regular dance moves, wich i thought was pretty impressive. And then she did molly's tap solo and she was awesome. We were close enough to the stage (after having snuck down from the balcony after intermission...hehe)that I could hear the sound of her tapping and she was one excellent little tapper. she wasnt just sort of shuffling around like some of the past mollys have done. I dont know what it is about Ivy that makes her stand out but she really did stand out to me as being especially talented. on another note, why the heck to they make poor july sing her solo in Smile so ridiculously?! its not all that funny and the poor girl doesnt get to show off her undoubtedly great voice. I really wish that they'd change that.

Ok, so to talk about the height thing that some people commented on. To be perfectly honest, on stage Ivy and Dominique did seem kinda tall, however they still seemed young and did not at all make me feel that they were too old for their parts. You will see in the pictures below that they are around 2 ish inches shorter than I am and I am 5'0. The adult orphan swing, on the other hand, was at least 4 or 5 inches taller than all the orphans and, to be honest, does not pass as a child in any way. While i didnt see Sunny last year, she was under 5 feet tall, and to me seemed like she had a pretty young looking face. Sari, the swing this year, is not short, and her face is not really childish at all. It is of no insult to her talent (she sang the opening solo of smile and sounded good, but not like a kid), but she just doesnt look like a kid, and yes, it bothered me.

David Barton was a phenomenal warbucks, i thought. There is nothing i would change about his portrayal, he was flawless to me. very talented. I also loved Analisa Leaming as Grace. She has a beautiful voice and performed fantastically. Lynn Andrews makes a great Hannigan. She was Hilarious, and very talented, and her Little Girls was awesome. The other performers and the ensemble were fine. Mikey was adorable as Sandy too. I mean, overall, the show really was great. I dont know what warranted that bad review.

All the girls were so sweet afterward at the stagedoor. Amanda was there too so it was fun to see her. I was a little sad when she emailed me yesterday to say she wouldnt be going on until the night show, but it was fun to see her anyways. What a nice girl. She got so tall! she was just about the same height as domenique who is the tallest of the orphans. last time i saw her when she had just moved from molly to duffy she was so little, and now she is almost as tall as me. All the little kids were going up to her for autographs, they all thought she had been in the show. At one point a little girl walked up to madison and said "you're annie!....but ur real name is Tianna!" and Madison said very sweetly, "no, I'm madison!" and just kept on signing. She handled it very well and it was funny. The programs all said Tianna was plating annie and they didnt even make an announcement before the show or include an insert in the program, wich i thought was pretty unfair for madison.

Anways, The show was really really great, and here's some pics from the stagedoor:


***ok, nevermind. I lied. for some reason my memory card reader isnt working. I'll hafta post the pics later. sorry, pics coming soon!

Well said, Meghan. haha

So I would write my own review of it... but it would be pretty much the same as Meghans, considering we were thinking the same things throughout the show and talked about them after. haha

But I would just like to say what an awesome Annie Madison was. Her voice kind of reminded me of Alicia Mortons voice, from the Disney movie. Anyway, very very talented little girl. And I just couldn't get over how cute and little Mackenzie was! I saw the first year of the tour in LA with the original cast, and I remember how tiny I thought Lindsay Ryan was, but oh my gosh! Mackenzie was even smaller! She was absolutely adorable as Molly! I wish she had gotten to do her little tap solo, but Sydney as Duffy was just as cute. Like Meghan, I noticed that she was actually doing the tap steps, not just shuffling her feet. I remember being really impressed that Lindsay Ryan really tapped as Molly when I saw it last, too. Ive seen videos on you tube and the last couple Mollys seemed to just shuffle their feet theyre still cute, but its just so much more amazing when they actually tap! Anyway, Sydney was great as Duffy. And she was surprisingly very small, almost as small as Mackenzie, so that added to the cute factor a lot. But then there was a very large gap between the heights of the orphans. Mackenzie and Sydney were both really tiny, and then the rest of the girls were a lot taller... there didnt really seam to be any girl in the middle of them. But it worked somehow, because I really didnt care while I was watching. I just noticed the height difference. They were all cute. But like Meghan said, the swing as Kate, as talented as she was, just seemed too old. And it was noticeable that she was an adult. Not just because we knew going into it. Meghans little sister even knew she seemed different and older before we told her Kate was an adult.

But overall, the show was fantastic. I was pleasantly surprised after the review posted on here. I think that was too harsh... The show was awesome! The adults were fantastic as well. And like Meghan said, the kids were so cute and friendly at the stage door. It was fun watching Meghan's little sister and all the kids getting their autographs and talking to them.

Oh, and as far as announcing that Madison was Annie, I did see someone in front of us with an insert in their program. We just didn't have it in ours. However, they probably should have made an announcement also, for people like us who didnt get the insert in our programs. Of course, we knew going into the show that it was Madison, but a lot of people thought she was Tianna, such as the little girl at the stage door. (That was so funny! she was adorable)

Anyway, I guess I did end up writing a little review. hahaha Anyone who is hesitant to see the show, for whatever reasons, should definitely go see it! To be completely honest, I really couldnt tell any differences between this one and the equity tour. The only thing I can think of is they had a huge, pretty, real looking Christmas tree at the end, and today it was like flat and against the stairs, as opposed to a real tree... if that makes sense. It just looked really fake. But other than that, I really couldnt tell the difference. It's definitely worth going to!
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Sandiegomom
Sandiegomom

January 12th, 2009, 6:21 am #5

Thanks for the review. Why wouldn't they announce that Madison is playing Annie or have an insert in the program? That seems awfully rude and I can assure you that no adult actor would tolerate that. Madison deserves for people to know her name and know that she was the one who gave the performance.

Julie
We saw the show this afternoon. There was a insert in the program, a liitle slip of paper, that said Madison was the Annie.
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Meghan
Meghan

January 12th, 2009, 6:33 am #6

Ok, well in my program there was no insert.

Jessie-I don't remember seeing other people with slips in front of us.....wait is that what you were saying when ur like "oh they have it"or something like that.....ok this is making sense now. haha for some reason i had no idea what you were talking about then. i'm such a loser.haha
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Js Mom
Js Mom

January 12th, 2009, 2:11 pm #7

Thanks for the review. Why wouldn't they announce that Madison is playing Annie or have an insert in the program? That seems awfully rude and I can assure you that no adult actor would tolerate that. Madison deserves for people to know her name and know that she was the one who gave the performance.

Julie
They did that to Grace last year, too, when she went on for Amanda the night we saw the show. For a Union show, I think they would have to make the announcement.
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Guy Smiley
Guy Smiley

January 12th, 2009, 5:18 pm #8

Well said, Meghan. haha

So I would write my own review of it... but it would be pretty much the same as Meghans, considering we were thinking the same things throughout the show and talked about them after. haha

But I would just like to say what an awesome Annie Madison was. Her voice kind of reminded me of Alicia Mortons voice, from the Disney movie. Anyway, very very talented little girl. And I just couldn't get over how cute and little Mackenzie was! I saw the first year of the tour in LA with the original cast, and I remember how tiny I thought Lindsay Ryan was, but oh my gosh! Mackenzie was even smaller! She was absolutely adorable as Molly! I wish she had gotten to do her little tap solo, but Sydney as Duffy was just as cute. Like Meghan, I noticed that she was actually doing the tap steps, not just shuffling her feet. I remember being really impressed that Lindsay Ryan really tapped as Molly when I saw it last, too. Ive seen videos on you tube and the last couple Mollys seemed to just shuffle their feet theyre still cute, but its just so much more amazing when they actually tap! Anyway, Sydney was great as Duffy. And she was surprisingly very small, almost as small as Mackenzie, so that added to the cute factor a lot. But then there was a very large gap between the heights of the orphans. Mackenzie and Sydney were both really tiny, and then the rest of the girls were a lot taller... there didnt really seam to be any girl in the middle of them. But it worked somehow, because I really didnt care while I was watching. I just noticed the height difference. They were all cute. But like Meghan said, the swing as Kate, as talented as she was, just seemed too old. And it was noticeable that she was an adult. Not just because we knew going into it. Meghans little sister even knew she seemed different and older before we told her Kate was an adult.

But overall, the show was fantastic. I was pleasantly surprised after the review posted on here. I think that was too harsh... The show was awesome! The adults were fantastic as well. And like Meghan said, the kids were so cute and friendly at the stage door. It was fun watching Meghan's little sister and all the kids getting their autographs and talking to them.

Oh, and as far as announcing that Madison was Annie, I did see someone in front of us with an insert in their program. We just didn't have it in ours. However, they probably should have made an announcement also, for people like us who didnt get the insert in our programs. Of course, we knew going into the show that it was Madison, but a lot of people thought she was Tianna, such as the little girl at the stage door. (That was so funny! she was adorable)

Anyway, I guess I did end up writing a little review. hahaha Anyone who is hesitant to see the show, for whatever reasons, should definitely go see it! To be completely honest, I really couldnt tell any differences between this one and the equity tour. The only thing I can think of is they had a huge, pretty, real looking Christmas tree at the end, and today it was like flat and against the stairs, as opposed to a real tree... if that makes sense. It just looked really fake. But other than that, I really couldnt tell the difference. It's definitely worth going to!
Thanks for the reviews.

I'm glad it was all you hoped. I noticed on the youtube video (of Tianna) that the White House set was lacking. Immensely! And I know it has to do with the size of the theater but it is still disappointing to get a set that mimics that of a high school play.

Post pictures when you can. I love looking at pictures
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suzanne
suzanne

January 12th, 2009, 8:19 pm #9

I am hoping that doesn't happen in Medford. I will be really annoyed after paying over 100 bucks for tickets if I get a black curtain backdrop. My roommate has never seen Annie (the play), and when I saw that youtube video, I got highly worried. I don't attend shows that often because of money, and I had to save up for this - so if there are no sets, I will be really upset.

I wonder how an audience with expectations would "accept" the no-set factor. Don't you think people would get mad and want their money back? Like Guy said, it seems very high-school. After seeing that youtube thing, I am quite worried about not getting what I paid for... especially after being an Annie fan since the original Broadway days.

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Jessie
Jessie

January 12th, 2009, 9:30 pm #10

Ok, well in my program there was no insert.

Jessie-I don't remember seeing other people with slips in front of us.....wait is that what you were saying when ur like "oh they have it"or something like that.....ok this is making sense now. haha for some reason i had no idea what you were talking about then. i'm such a loser.haha
haha yeah, that's what I was talking about. I saw it in their program, and it said Madison was Annie and the swing was Kate. But I don't think we were the only ones without the insert, because the mom next to us told her kids it was Tianna... they should have made an announcement just to be sure everyone knew. ahaha
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