The opening weekend of Annie Jr. at the FMCT can only be considered a success. The cast of kids sang and danced their hearts out for sold out crowds. We had a big group of family who traveled to take in an evening performance. And they agreed a ticket to this show is well worth it! From Annie’s melodic version of the melancholy ballad, “Maybe,” and the spunky, down-trodden orphan chorus of “Hard-Knock Life,” to the saucy “Easy Street” number performed by Miss Hannigan, Rooster and Lily St. Regis, there is not a single number that disappoints. The entire cast is involved in a musical scene with a catchy song called “NYC,” that’s not included in the 1982 movie version, but I have not been able to get it out of my head since my daughter started rehearsals!
I witnessed several audience members, young and old, singing along with the upbeat number “Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” and the classic, “Tomorrow.” All of this and I haven’t event mentioned the dancing! The choreography for this production is outstanding and pretty polished too. You forget that most of the cast is under age 12 and there is no one over 18. There is a ton of young talent packed into this musical! It is entertaining and uplifting. There’s only one more weekend available for a chance to see the show and many of those performances are close to selling out!
The remaining performances are 7: 30 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 16 – Sat., Feb. 18 & 2 p.m., Sun. Feb. 19. Tickets available at www.fmct.org.