Annie Jr.

Daddy Warbucks (Christopher Simcox) and his assistant Grace (Lauren Cho) offer Annie (Chiara Acosta) a new home in the Warbucks mansion. Original photo by Reiko Yanagi.
Of course, this cast of more than two dozen singing and dancing youngsters is adorable. But are the kids any good?

By Andrew Andrews

Not only has the musical based on Harold Gray’s Little Orphan Annie been produced two dozen times for the big stage and screen; it is estimated to return as many as 900 times each year in school and community theaters across the United States.

So it comes as no surprise that The Secret Theatre Academy, just over the bridge in Long Island City, would present a limited run featuring a cast of only children, given their long-popular, family-friendly productions of Princess Particular and Pirate Pete’s Parrot.

With songs so catchy that even Jay-Z famously sampled one, Annie (Junior) tells the story of an eleven-year-old orphan in Depression-era New York City, saved from evil headmistress Miss Hannigan by lonely millionaire Daddy Warbucks just in time for Christmas.

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Andrew Andrews attended Annie Jr. at The Secret Theatre in New York on Thursday, September 5, 2019 @ 7:00pm to write this review.

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