Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Diane Thies from Dollops of Diane for taking us inside Opening Night of Annie with this review!
My seven year old daughter, Isabelle, five year old son, Henry, and I headed into Boston as guests for opening night of Annie at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre. We arrived for Annie and Daddy Warbucks’ red carpet arrival. They came in an old timey car and gave autographs to the kids. It was super cute.
We then headed into the theatre for the start of an amazing show! It was charming, heartfelt, comical, and entertaining. It was the whole package. The theatre provided booster seats for the kids which was great so that they could easily see all the action.
I couldn’t help but marvel over Annie and the other orphans and think of just how young they are. Issie Swickle who plays Annie is NINE. Nine years old?!?! Amazing. She was flawless – they all were. I particularly loved Miss Hannigan, played by Lynn Andrews. She nailed the performance with humor and charisma!
The theatre was full of a lot of children but you barely heard them. Everyone was engrossed in the performance. The show itself is somewhat long – it ran a little over two and a half hours (with a 15 minute intermission – refreshments available). My suggestion if you are bringing small children would be to go to a matinee performance. Henry is my biggest Annie fan but even his excitement couldn’t keep him awake for the whole show (which started at 7pm). He passed out on my lap with about 20 minutes left to the show. Conveniently, we parked in the garage right next to the Wang so that I didn’t have to carry him too far to the car!
If you are an Annie lover I would definitely recommend the show. We are still talking about it here and playing the soundtrack on repeat. It’s fun, uplifting, and definitely a great show for a child (or child at heart!) to attend.
Disclosure: Complimentary tickets were provided to see Annie and an invitation was extended to attend the red carpet arrival. Opinions are based solely on the writer’s experience.