Go “Annie” Which Way But Loose at Beck Center

Fri 5/11-Sun 5/20

People associate the 1970s with disco, Watergate and Star Wars, but it was also a rich era for 1930s retro-nostalgia, as the Woodstock-weary nation yearned for a simpler time, complete with Great Depression. Example: Annie, the Martin Charnin-Charles Strouse Broadway smash from 1977.

Now the Youth Theatre of Lakewood’s Beck Center for the Arts revisits the musicalization of the iconic Little Orphan Annie newspaper comic strip, of Annie and her dog Sandy trying to escape the wicked Miss Hannigan and befriending the wealthy munitions manufacturer Daddy Warbucks and even FDR himself. Has it really been 41 years now?

(If you really want a Great Depression, research all the failed attempts ever since to create a successful sequel, the Broadway equivalent of looking for Amelia Earhart or translating the Voynich Manuscript.)

 The show runs 7:30pm Fridays and Saturdays and 3pm Sundays. Tickets range from $10 for children to $12 for adults.

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[Written by Charles Cassady]

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