Annie Review- Don't Wait For Tomorrow!

What an exciting way to start off a new year! A brand new Broadway in Chicago presentation of the classic musical, Annie, has come to Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre on its National tour. Everyone’s favorite little orphan and friends are only here for a limited time, so don’t wait for TOMORROW to experience this dazzling performance!

Annie and Sandy

Held at the handsome Auditorium Theater, which was declared a National Landmark in 1975 and is home to Roosevelt University, this building’s fine architecture is a marvel in itself. I THINK YOU’RE GONNA LIKE IT HERE!

With music by Tony Award winner Charles Strouse, Joseph Jefferson Award winning Kary M. Walker as executive producer, and acclaimed choreographer Liza Gennaro, whose credits include Once Upon a Mattress, starring Sex and the City’s Sarah Jessica Parker, this was sure to be an unforgettable performance! 

Set in Depression Era 1930’s, Annie tells the story of a lonely orphan left by her parents when she was born. Confined to an orphanage run by the sinister Miss Hannigan, Annie is determined to break away and find her parents. Instead, she gets the opportunity to be adopted by billionaire Oliver Warbucks.

Miss Hannigan and orphans singing "Little Girls"

The tour boasts many new talents including orphans July ( Jordan Mariah Boezem), Kate ( Roni Caggiano), Pepper ( Ivy Moody), Molly ( Mackenzie Aladjem), Tessie ( Emily Rudolph) and Duffy ( Laura Spineti) are all newcomers to the Broadway scene.

Annie singing "Tomorrow"

Annie ( Madison Kerth) is no stranger to the stage with this as her second National tour of the play. Kerth warms the hearts of audiences with her renditions of Maybe and Tomorrow. And well, it’s worth going to the show just to see the adorable Sandy

Miss Hannigan

Lynne Andrews does a fantastic job as the crazy and inebriated Miss Hannigan and is even more ludicrous when teamed up with her scheming brother Rooster, Deerfield native Zander Meisner, and ditzy girlfriend Lily St. Regis ( Cheryl Hoffman), who is also on her second National Annie tour.  

Rooster and Miss Hannigan

The lovely Boylan Sisters are portrayed by Margaret-Ellen Jefferys as Connie and Katie Reid as Ronnie.

"You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile"

The cast sings the final number together. Including Oliver Warbucks ( David Barton), a former theater teacher, Grace Farrell ( Analisa Leaming) who recently toured in Asia as the understudy to Maria in T he Sound of Music and Jeffery B. Duncan as the hopeful and kindhearted FDR.


Don’t miss out on this must see musical that is sure to win over both young and old!

Performance Schedule:
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 2p.m and 7:30p.m
Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 7:30p.m
Friday, January 22, 2010 at 8p.m
Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 2p.m and 8p.m
Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 2p.m

Tickets range from $20 to $75. A select number of premium seats are also available. Tickets are available at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University Box Office (50 E. Congress Parkway); all Broadway in Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St.,  151 W. Randolph St., and 18 W. Monroe St); Broadway in Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 773-2000; all Ticketmaster locations (including Hot Tix and select Carson Pirie Scott, Coconuts and fye stores); and online at, or Tickets are available for groups of 15 or more by calling (312) 977-1710.

Photo Credit: Peter Coombs and Phil Mar

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