Review: Annie at Detroit’s Fox Theatre
The Musical Annie is at the Fox Theatre through today, Saturday, February 18th, 2017. We saw the Friday evening show courtesy of Olympia Entertainment.
Our Thoughts on Annie
My family loved the show! Previously, my daughter had only seen the 2014 movie, so on our way to the theatre I reminded her that this show was set during the Great Depression. Previously, I’ve seen Annie as a school production and the 1982 movie. There are predictably some changes from the 1982 movie. Most notably, Annie never leaves with her fake parents and isn’t chased through New York. I also felt this production portrayed FDR as dim-witted. It’s been years since I’ve seen the movie, but I don’t recall this characterization.
As a fifth grader, my daughter understood most of the historical references in the show. I did have to tell her who Eliot Ness was. At a younger age, children probably won’t care about the historical references.
We definitely recommend the show to families. Also, if you have never been to the Fox Theatre, it is truly majestic. The theatre is an historic building in downtown Detroit.
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Tips for Attending Annie
We have a few tips for attending Annie, or any production at Fox Theatre.
- Arrive early! If you can, I suggest planning to arrive in time to eat before the show. This will allow you to miss the highest traffic time. Plus, you will be able to park on the lower levels of the Fox Garage which will make leaving easier.
- Plan to use the restroom before arrival, or leave at least 20 minutes before the show based on prior experience.
- Snacks are available in the lobby. We had popcorn and water. Other options include hot dogs, pizza, cotton candy, and more.
- The show lasted about 2 hours and 45 minutes including an intermission.
- If you are parked in the Fox Garage, you may want to consider stopping for dessert after the show (or dinner for an afternoon show). It took us about 20 minutes to exit the garage from the 7th floor.
Olympia Entertainment has provided me with the following information on Annie:
TONY AWARD-WINNING ANNIE TO PLAY
THE FOX THEATRE FEBRUARY 17 & 18
Olympia Entertainment and MagicSpace Entertainment are proud to announce that the U.S. National Tour of ANNIE, now in its second smash year, will play the Fox Theatre on Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 19th time, this production of ANNIE is a brand new physical incarnation of the iconic Tony Award®-winning original.
Tickets ($30, $45, $55 and $70) are on sale now and can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge) at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000. Fifth Third Bank Fox Theatre season subscription packages up to 20% and discounts for groups are on sale now, for details call (313) 471-3099. For additional information, call (313) 471-6611.
ANNIE has a book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin. All three authors received 1977 Tony Awards® for their work. Choreography is by Liza Gennaro, who has incorporated selections from her father Peter Gennaro’s 1977 Tony Award®-winning choreography.
The celebrated design team includes scenic design by Tony Award® winner Beowulf Boritt (Act One, The Scottsboro Boys, Rock of Ages), costume design by Costume Designer’s Guild Award winner Suzy Benzinger (Blue Jasmine, Movin’ Out, Miss Saigon), lighting design by Tony Award® winner Ken Billington (Chicago, Annie, White Christmas) and sound design by Tony Award® nominee Peter Hylenski (Rocky, Bullets Over Broadway, Motown). The lovable mutt “Sandy” is once again trained by Tony Award® Honoree William Berloni (Annie, A Christmas Story, Legally Blonde). Musical supervision and additional orchestrations are by Keith Levenson (Annie, She Loves Me, Dreamgirls). Casting is by Joy Dewing CSA, Joy Dewing Casting (Soul Doctor, Wonderland). The tour is produced by TROIKA Entertainment, LLC.
The production features a 25 member company: in the title role of Annie is Heidi Gray, an 11-year-old actress from the Augusta, GA area, making her tour debut. Gilgamesh Taggett stars as Oliver Warbucks. In the role of Miss Hannigan is Lynn Andrews. Also starring in the tour are Chloe Tiso as Grace, Garrett Deagon as Rooster, Lucy Werner as Lily and Jeffrey B. Duncan as FDR. Macy and Sunny, rescue terriers, star as Sandy.
The orphans are Sage Bentley as Tessie, Bridget Carly Marsh as July, Molly Rose Meredith as Pepper, Emily Moreland as Kate, Annabelle Wachtel as Molly and Casey Watkins as Duffy.
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 37 years.
The beloved score for ANNIE includes “Maybe,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”
Annie Detroit Performances
There are 3 Detroit Annie shows at Detroit’s Fox Theatre (2301 Woodward Ave). The performances are:
Tickets for Annie Detroit
Tickets for Annie Detroit shows start at $30. Other ticket levels are $45, $55, and $70. Tickets can be purchased online at Olympia Entertainment or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. The can be purchased in person at the Fox Theatre or Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without a service charge), at all Ticketmaster locations or at Ticketmaster.com. Discounted group tickets (10 or more) are available by phone (313-471-3099).