May 152017
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I am a child of the 80’s and I am ok admitting that I spent an entire summer watching and re-watching the movie Annie.  On VHS. Ok, maybe I stopped watching to eat and go outside occasionally, but I think it’s pretty safe to say that I watched it at least 500 times that summer. I had the story line down pat and knew every word to every song.  I even went out trick or treating as Annie that year (which reminds me that I need to go through some old photos and dig that one out). I know that the movie has been remade a few times since the one in the 80’s that I loved so much, but I am loyal to the version I watched so many times that summer.

So now you know that I am a self-proclaimed expert on all things Annie, imagine how giddy I was when I got invited to see the live musical at the Boch Center (Wang Theater) in Boston last week.

The original production of ANNIE opened April 21, 1977 at the Alvin Theatre and went on to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, seven Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the Grammy for Best Cast Show Album and seven Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Best Book (Thomas Meehan) and Best Score (Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin). The show remains one of the biggest Broadway musical hits ever. It ran for 2,377 performances after it first opened, and has been performed in 28 languages and has been running somewhere around the world for 39 years.

The show was just fantastic and I found myself singing along to some of my favorite songs like “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “Easy Street,” and of course, the beloved “Tomorrow.” Everyone knows that song. Aside from the phenomenal score of music that was beautifully performed, the sets were gorgeous. From Miss Hannigan’s dilapidated orphanage, to Depression-era Manhattan backdrops to Daddy Warbucks’ mansion. They were all perfect. I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this live show.

You guys wouldn’t believe how good the show was, and in case you are wondering – the show didn’t follow the movie exactly, so it was fun to sit and watch the story unfold. Oh, and the actors were AMAZING.  Especially the kids. There was so much talent on one stage and yes, the part of Sandy was played by a real dog and a collective “awwww” was let out by every single person in the audience every time he made an appearance on stage.

If you want to catch the show, there is still time.  It’s playing in Boston now through May 21, 2017. You can order your tickets here and trust me, you will love ANNIE. It’s appropriate for all ages, so be sure to bring the whole family.

Disclosure:  I received tickets to the show at no charge to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

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  86 Responses to “Review: ANNIE at the Boch Center (Wang Theater) in Boston”

  1. I loved this movie as a child. I bet the play is amazing! I bet my kids would enjoy this, they have never been to a performance like this before.

  2. Annie is one of my favorite musicals ever. I love the story, and the songs are just fantastic.

  3. OHHH I want to see this! When I was a kid this was my all time favorite movie! I hope they come out this way!

  4. I love Annie! My older sister had short red curly hair when she was little, so the lunch ladies always called her Annie instead of Angie. Now she has straight hair, so no resemblance. I just love the original so much!

  5. That show must be amazing Annie is such a good play. I got a great taste of Annie this year when my son and friends were in his school production. It has a great score of hummable tunes.

  6. I love Annie. It was the first live show that I saw as a kid. I still sing the songs

  7. I don’t think that I have ever seen the original Annie movie. I know that I have not seen the play. I think it would be great though.

  8. I can’t remember the original Annie, but this musical version looks so good! I think it would be fun to watch, too bad it’s not closer to my home 🙁

  9. Oh I need to see if this will be touring here in the NYC/Philly area. We’d love to see it. Annie is my favorite movie ever!

  10. This sounds like it is truly wonderful. I love seeing musicals on stage and Annie is such a popular hit. Unfortunately I won’t be able to be in Boston this month so I will miss out this time. I guess I will just have to keep an eye out for other opportunities as I am sure it will play again somewhere else near me, sometime soon.

  11. I really want to see the stage play for sure. I’ve seen the movie(s) and I want to see the way the original happened. Maybe the next time I’m in NYC.

  12. I’m glad you enjoyed the show! If it impressed an Annie fan like yourself, it has to be good! It would be awesome to hear some of those songs again live.

  13. I’ve seen the recent movie remake of Annie with Jamie Foxx and I love it. It gave me teary eyes too. It would be also nice to watch it on stage.

  14. I remember seeing Annie once when I was much younger. I’ve never had the opportunity to see it as a musical on stage. Sounds like a fun night out!

  15. I used to love this movie as a child – I’m sure we have the movie sitting around the house somewhere in VHS, too! I’m so jealous that you had the opportunity to see this in theaters!

  16. I remember seeing Annie when I was a child. It was a fantastic experience to go to a production like that. I would love to check this one out when I am in the area soon.

  17. I really enjoy Annie! I have never seen it live though so this would be so much fun to watch.

  18. I would love to see this production of Annie. I remember watching the movie when I was younger.

  19. Annie would be great to see live. It’s great that they use a real dog for Sandy.

  20. This is amazing! I love Annie and I definitely have to see this!! 😀 Thanks for sharing this great news! 😀

  21. I love Annie and I think it’s awesome that there’s a show in Boch Center, it’s a great way to introduce the kids to her lovely story!

  22. I grew up watching Annie over and over and over. I would love the opportunity to see the musical! Hopefully, it will come to Charlotte!

  23. One of the biggest running plays in history. It played everywhere and stayed for a long time. I remember lines of people waiting to get in to see this play.

  24. This is one movie I watched over and over as a child, but then sort of forgot. Might be time to revisit and bring it into the nostalgia rotation! Like The Sandlot… we watch that at least once a year!

  25. I haven’t seen Annie on stage, but your experience reminds me of going to see Roger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. It was really hard not to sing along! It sounds like I’ll have to go check out Annie too, it’s another favorite from childhood.

  26. I recently watched the new version of Annie with Jamie Foxx in it, with my daughter, who absolutely loved it. Hard to beat the original though!

  27. OMG I love Annie!!! It was one of my favs growing up. I have probably seen the movie 50 times. How fun to go see it live!

  28. I love Annie! My daughter is also pretty obsessed with the classic. I bet she would love to see it in person!

  29. Oh ANNIE. Brings back so many memories as a child. It’s still one of my favorite movies to this very day. I would love to see it in theater!

  30. Great review here but here in the UK, I hated Annie. I was part of the school play when we did Annie, and I hate that song ‘Tomorrow, tomorrow’ as it was rammed in my head. Haunted me for the rest of my life. 😛

  31. This looks awesome! I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I’ve never seen Annie. I used to work in musical theatre and I’ve seen tons and tons of shows, but Annie is not amongst them. Hoping it will come through Seattle!

  32. I love Annie! I remember faking sleep so that my dad would carry me like that one scene in the movie lol! Hope this production comes to our city!

  33. We love Annie, I was able to share one of favorites with my children thanks to streaming on Amazon and now Netflix. The would love this live, thanks for sharing.

  34. I love Annie! It has always been one of my favorites. I would love to check it out on stage too!

  35. I am a big fan of musicals and Annie is one of my all time favorites! How awesome that you got to see such a famous production live on stage.

  36. I absolutely adore Annie, I’ve never been able to see it live though, and I bet it is amazing! This sounds like a great show.

  37. I can’t remember the last time I watched this locely musical. It’s always a delight to watch it will definitely take you back. I think it’s awesome that you have the chance to watch it again.

  38. I absolutely love the musical Annie. I bet this was absolutely amazing to see in person. I would love to go to this musical. I remember the sun will come out tomorrow being a favorite song since I was a little girl 😉

  39. I always loved the movie! I bet it would be so much fun to see it done live on stage.

  40. I just love musicals!!! I will have to see if Annie is coming to my town!

  41. I remember seeing Annie on TV as a child and loving it! I would love to see it in a theater too!

  42. I would LOVE to see this! I loved the movie from the 80s. I watched it over and over again.

  43. Annie is one of those movies you’ll never forget! I have not seen it performed on stage though. I wish I could, that would be so awesome. I hope they’d perform in more areas, hopefully in one near me!

  44. I love that the dog was real! I think I’ve seen Annie twice, the old one and the new one. But you make me want to see it again!

  45. I have always loved Annie! I am a musical fan so I am sure I would enjoy seeing this stage rendition.

  46. I am a huge musical fan – love watching them anytime, especially seeing them in person. There’s just something about the theater atmosphere that boots the enjoyment for me.

  47. I havent seen a play in quite a while. I would love to take the family to see a live musical like this!

  48. I have n’t seen the play, but I have seen the movie. Both are exceptional. Thanks for the nudge. I better see it soon.

  49. I have always loved Annie, but I have never seen a stage show! I should though!

  50. I love the story of Anne. I did not know it originally aired in 1977. I have watched a remake or two and I love the story.

  51. My daughters and I LOVE Annie the movie! We would love to see Annie live on stage! I bet it’s an amazing experience to watch the dancing and singing live. What an awesome experience!

  52. I’m yet to see a live action musical. It’ll be so exciting 🙂

  53. I loved the movie Annie when I was little. It would be so awesome to see it on the stage. I’m always so impressed by how talented young actors and actresses who do live theater are. It’s so impressive, and so fun to watch 🙂

  54. Wow! I love Annie. It’s one of my most favorite shows when I was a child.

  55. I nearly choked on my soda when I read VHS. I love this play. I will have to watch and see if it comes this way!

  56. I love catching Annie on stage! The last time was at our local theater and the kids were fantastic!

  57. Annie has got to be one of my all time favorites! The girls love her too. I would love to watch this again, live and not just the movies. It’s awesome that they’re performing in Boston!

  58. Annie is one of my favorite musicals. I have had the opportunity to see many of those during the years. I bet you had so much fun. The music is amazing =)

  59. Would you believe that I, as a child of the 80s too, never saw Annie! I know I have missed out and I need to remedy this! Sounds like a great show, this. 🙂

  60. Oh what a lovely opportunity for you to review something you’ve loved for the longest time. I just confess I have not watched Annie before might add to my movies list on Netflix

  61. I’m a big fan of Annie too and “Tomorrow” is one of my favorite songs from the movie. I’m sure the musical is amazing!

  62. Can you believe that I’ve never seen Annie before?! The show has just opened up in London too so I’m intrigued to see it x

  63. We love Annie! Loved that movie growing up. Our dog is even named Sandy (actually coincidental, but ironic). I would love to see Annie on stage – and I didn’t realize the Wang center wasn’t the Wang center anymore?? I grew up right outside Boston but haven’t been back much since I left.

  64. I’ve never seen Annie on stage – only on the screen. I should probably correct ths travesty post haste 😉
    Katja xxx

  65. They have a version of it here in the West End with Miranda so I am excited to watch the production. So glad that you had a good time x

  66. Annie was one of my favorite musicals of all time as a kid. But then I saw jersey boys and that changed everything haha!

  67. How fun! I would love to see a show like this, Annie would be so fun to see live, Never seen a real musical but did see a Annie show when I was younger!

  68. I love Annie, but long time since saw any live show

  69. I would love to go and check it out one day, thanks for such a lovely post….takes me back to old days

  70. You probably won’t even believe me but growing up in Czech Republic I’ve never actually watched Annie! I don’t think it’s that popular over there. Would love to see it in a theatre tho! x

  71. I love the movie Annie. I have probably watched it more times than I can count. I’ve always wanted to see the stage production. Hopefully, it will come my way so I can sing along too.

  72. Annie has been my favorite for a long time! I would definitely love to see it live! My kids would love it too!

  73. I remember watching Annie when I was younger. It would be amazing to see it live actually. The songs from it stick in your head forever in my opinion. Thanks for sharing the information.

  74. I absolutely love musicals and am hoping, at some point, to get to see Annie. There was a showing recently but I missed out.

  75. What an all time classic. I bet you had a really great time.

  76. I never saw it. I wanted to see the modern remake and I didn’t see that one either! I think it would be great to see it live.

  77. I love Annie! I have never seen it on stage live, but I can imagine how much of a blast that can be! Besides the Phantom of the Opera, Annie is one of my all time favorites!

  78. I’ve always wanted to see Annie live! This looks like a wonderful show.

  79. This sounds so fun!! I love love love Annie but have never seen it live. Sounds amzing!

  80. I’ll probably get lots of hate for this one… But I’ve never seen Annie! And have no interest in seeing the remake… But Broadway might be cool!!

  81. I think that it would be fun to see Annie on the stage. I love singing along with the songs from the movie.

  82. This was one of my favorite childhood movies! I would love to experience seeing it on stage. It looks like it would be a cool experience.

  83. This was one of my favorite childhood movies! I would love to experience seeing it on stage. It looks like it would be a cool experience.

  84. This one sounds like a great version. I have to share this with the family I know they will love the play. Thanks for sharing

  85. This one sounds like a great version. I have to share this with the family I know they will love the play. Thanks for sharing this fun show

  86. Good to know that Annie is playing in Boston. I’m not even sure if it still plays in NY.