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Annie Live!

By Stephanie Snyder, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Classic family musical skillfully retold with diverse cast.

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This modern production delights with stellar performances and diverse representations. The dancing and singing talent is exciting to watch in this large-scale production of Annie Live! Fans will enjoy seeing some of their favorite celebrities in these time-honored roles and will likely fall in love with the breakout star, Celina Smith. The musical's message about optimism also feels like great timing.

Some may feel that Henson's acting in the role of Miss Hannigan is over-the-top, but her skilled portrayal brings a cartoonish feel to the harshness of the character, distracting from the more provocative issues and softening the blow for young viewers. Other flaws include quite a few forgivable camera and lighting mishaps, and giving Harry Connick Jr. a bald head doesn't quite work. And it's hard to only get two brief appearances from beloved dog Sandy. Overall, multigenerational families will likely enjoy watching this production together because it's got something for everyone. And perhaps most significantly, members of a much wider audience can now enjoy seeing themselves represented in this classic story.

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