Theater Review: 'Annie' performers struggled to be heard

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By Gina Schultz

“It’s a hard knock…uh… production.”
I was looking forward to the stage showing of “Annie.”
Ever since I was a little kid, I was mesmerized by the music and stellar voices in the 1982 film release starring Carol Burnett as the nasty, yet comical Miss Hannigan. I always thought it would be wonderful to see this family-friendly beloved musical on stage.
The opening night production at the Greer Garson Theater tarnished a lot of those memories with a sloppy, poorly placed orchestra performance that drowned out not only the singing, but the acting as well. The only thing the audience was able to hear clearly was Miss Hannigan’s whistle.
Opening night jitters aside, even the program handed out to the audience was extremely amateur and unprofessional.
From watching the movies, I was familiar with the lyrics of most of the musical numbers. Good thing, because I couldn’t hear any of the words. I couldn’t image how it would have been for those hard of hearing.
There was a screen at the back of the stage, projecting images of life and times in 1933 New York City. Would it have been wise to place the orchestra back there?

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