Adapted from Harold Gray’s long-running comic strip, the musical spins a rags-to-riches fantasy about a parentless ragamuffin, Annie (Lilla Crawford), who is rescued from penury—and from her orphanage overlord, the boozy and abusive Miss Hannigan (Katie Finneran)—by an ultrarich industrialist named Oliver Warbucks (Anthony Warlow). Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin’s beloved score translates this story into musical-theater terms with tremendous verve and charm. Annie’s two solos, “Maybe” and “Tomorrow,” capture her longing and confidence with poigant simplicity, and nearly every other song connects solidly too.
Location: Palace Theatre, 1564 Broadway at 47th St., Midtown West, New York
Time: 7 PM, August 6
Dates: Present - December 2013
Price: $59-$152, premium $199-$252