Come to the Marina Bay Sands Theatre, leave your worries at the door, kick off your shoes, and enjoy a heart-warming storyline. Be inspired by an infectious sense of optimism, and just fall in love with the characters, music and message of Annie the Musical.
Everyone’s Favourite Red-Head Orphan
British actress, Ella Crossland, 10, plays Annie
First staged in 1977, Annie has won numerous awards, toured the globe repeatedly, and established itself as one of the world’s best-loved family musicals of all time. Finally everyone’s favourite red-headed orphan is here in Singapore and will perform on our sunny island until 5th August.
Set in the 1930s during the gloom of the Great Depression, Annie is a heart-warming story of hope and optimism. Annie is a spunky, plucky orphan on a mission to find her parents and is the personification of pure sunshine as she brings a smile and cheer to everyone she meets with her good-natured positivity.
Annie meets the industrious billionaire, Mr Warbucks, who eventually realises the hollowness of his wealth when he has no one to share it with. He grows to be fond of Annie and agrees to help her find her parents and offers a handsome reward for anyone who could prove to be Annie’s parents.
Daddy” Oliver Warbucks, played by veteran actor, David McAlister
A scheming couple in cahoots with the orphanage’s supervisor Ms Hannigan, eyes the reward and soon appears claiming to be Annie’s parents. In the nick of time, it is revealed that Annie’s parents have long passed on. So the villains are caught and given their comeuppance; Annie is adopted by “Daddy” Warbucks and is reunited with everyone who loves her.
Ms Hannigan with her brother, Rooster, pray, plot and scheme for an easy life
Singing for Tomorrow
“Tomorrow”, the show’s famous sing-when-you-are-down-in-the-dumps tune is first sung solo by Annie. But just like her infectious optimism, the song catches on to more and more characters. The finale ends on a high note as the entire cast choruses the song in rousing harmony, and inspiring the audience to take in all that positive vibe and apply it into their own lives. You know the song’s worked its magic when the audience streams out of the theatre humming the tune.
Other well-known ditties include “It’s a Hard-Knock Life”, which is sung and danced to the audience’s squealing delight by the troupe of local children playing the orphans. The cast’s youthful innocence and try-as-they-might earnestness to keep synchronicity in motion and tune is exactly what makes them utterly lovable as they prance around the stage. Click here to watch a clip of their act.
The adorable cast of orphans, picked out of 350 hopefuls who auditioned
The adult cast deserves much applause for their performance, with their quick-footed steps, beautiful vocals and memorable harmonies in songs such as “We’d Like to Thank You”, “Fully Dressed” and “Easy Street”. The actors seem to relish their roles, as they play their part to much aplomb. I was in stitches over the man-eating, children-hating Ms Hannigan, played to delicious hilarity by British actor Su Pollard.
Su Pollard, who plays Ms Hannigan, poses with herJack Daniels-labeled bottle of oolong tea
After Singapore has staged mega-productions like The Lion King and Wicked complete with sophisticated theatrics, eye-popping costumes and elaborate sets, it is refreshing to watch this classic with its heart-warming storyline, clean set-up, lovable characters and inspiring message of optimism and positivity.
Just sit back and enjoy the show
By Tan Meng Chuan
Annie the Musical