My mom drove me, my friend Jamie, my sister Mary and her friend Leah to Odessa to see Annie as a celebration for my 14th birthday. It was a huge treat. I loved it and it's still one of my favorite movies. I eventually saw the 20th Anniversary touring production in San Antonio when I was working at the Majestic Theatre in the late 90s. I didn't love the stage show and all I remember about it was the casting being a little weird - Sally Struthers was "Miss Hannigan".
I finally watched the documentary, Life After Tomorrow. This film is "by former Annie orphan Julie Stevens and Co-Director, Gil Cates Jr., reunites more than 40 women who played orphans in the original Broadway production of Annie and reveals thehighs and lows of their experiences as child actresses in a cultural phenomenon. "Life After Tomorrow" is a true behind-the-scenes look at the Annie experience."
It did give me a better appreciation of the stage production...but I still love the movie better. Of course, I'm sure I'd rethink this assessment if I had seen the incomparable Dorothy Loudon as the original Miss Hannigan.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
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