plays Miss Hannigan
sun'll come out tomorrow - if only.
Though it may be wet and miserable,
inside the Theatre Royal, there's enough
sunshine and laughter to warm even the
coldest of hearts.
Carlisle plays little orphan Annie with
plenty of gusto, singing and acting well
- as do the rest of the orphans. With
children and animals to compete with in
this musical, the adults have to pull out
all the stops. Louise English as Grace
Farrell is pretty and charming and Mark
Wynter as Daddy Warbucks brings great
warmth to the role.
even with Annie joining in (and the
backing of the entire cast), their
combined charms fail to make NYC the show-stopping
number it should be. It never quite gets
off the ground and goes on for far too
long. The same cannot be said of We'd
Like To Thank You Herbert Hoover - a
great song, well sung and simply but
effectively choreographed by David Kort.
supporting cast does a marvellous job
here and throughout the show, taking on a
multitude of characters.
indeed, a complicated book with down-and-outs,
radio stars, politicians and even
President Roosevelt woven into the plot.
It's all rather clever and the story
highlights the grim reality of the Great
Pollard plays Miss Hannigan, the alcohol-dependent,
child-hating orphanage matron. She
certainly has a healthy pair of lungs and
this is one character where the more OTT
you are, the better.
really felt sympathy for her, though, and
I always want Miss Hannigan to be one of
those poor souls you feel life has just
dealt a bum hand to. Unlike her bad apple
of a brother, Rooster, nicely played by
Matthew Hewitt and well supported by
Amanda Sim as his girlfriend Lily St
reality, there are no bad apples in this
cast - everyone plays their part well and
the show sparkles as much as Daddy
Warbucks' Christmas tree.
- This Is Worthing