Annie’s Deput at The Fox Theatre in ATL!

Theater Of The Stars puts on an amazing showcase of the timeless Annie which deputed at the fabulous Fox Theatre Saturday evening.  I say it couldn’t have been better, with all of the children in the play local Atlantians, the costumes put together as a sign of the times, and the immortal “Tomorrow”  sung to perfection without ever missing a line.  Myself, as well as the entire audience, couldn’t help but have a smile on our face during the whole performance. 

Annie is playing all week at the Fox Theatre.  It’s written by Thomas Meehan with music by Charles Stouse- the original Broadway production show won 7 Tony Awards in 1977.  This production of Annie is being produced by Christopher Manos and directed and choreographed by Norb Joerder with Michael Dansicker as the musical director and conductor. 

Annies is the age old story set in the Depression era of 1933 in New York City.  A true Cinderella story Annie is the eleven year old orphan attempting to escape the orphanage and it’s running matron Miss Hannigan.  Annie wins the hearts of all with her courage and optimism. 

Emmy Award wining actress Sally Struthers plays Miss Hannigan- she was hilarious!  It’s actually a funny story too, when Sally Stuthers’ daughter was about 3 she took her to see Annie- and her daughter was frightened by Miss Hannigan.  So when she took the role of Miss Hannigan (the role of the  mean and scheming orphanage matron) Sally Sturthers’ didn’t want to actually scare small children.  So Sally adds her own little twist to the role, she becomes a bit of a buffoon and not quite a scary, but of course she still portrays frightening the orphan girls in the show.  She definitely adds a unique touch to the show and had myself and my daughter personally laughing out loud. 

All the kids were local from Atlanta which added a special touch.  Mary Peeples, who plays Annie was amazing.  She never missed a mark, a line, and performed each song with such accuracy it was like listening to the recorded version.  Mary Peeples told Atlanta Theater Fans that people should come see Annie because, “It has awesome songs and an amazing story!!! You get to see a great group of orphans and wonderful adult actors!!”

I took my 11 year old to with me and I’m so glad I did.  It was a great first experience for her and now she is excited to go see more musicals and possibly even get into drama club herself!  The show actually ran a little longer than expected, about 3 hours total, but absolutely very well worth it.  It was such a delight to hear all the classics like, “Tomorrow” and “It’s the Hard-Knock Life.”

We are thrilled we got to go see Annie, a huge Thank You to Theater of the Stars for inviting us.  It’s definitely one musical I would go back and see again and again.  I would certainly recommend going to see this special production of Annie and take someone special with you!

Tickets can be bought here.  Use code CHOA for 20% off tickets for the January 17,18,19th show.

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Disclosure:  I was provied tickets free of charge for my honest thoughts.  This post was written by Leah Campbell.

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  1. sounds like fun! We never been to the Theater of the Stars but will check it out

    • went to see annie at the fox the first weekend it played.The show was fantasticand the seats were great but little did we know how great they were;we were seated next to mary peeples father who invited us down to the backstage door to meet Mary after a fine performance!After about ten minutes the cast exited the theater with Mary Peeples in the back!If you are read this ,Mr. Peeples thank you for a thrilling ,fleeting moment in time that the kids will remember for a long,long time!Thanks so much from Chrystal and myself! Sincerely, Mark Hahn Gainesville,Ga.

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