Hold onto your curls, ladies and gents, the new U.S. National Tour of the Broadway musical Annie is in town! Now through Sunday, October 26, Annie is live on stage at the Jacksonville Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, presented by the FSCJ Artist Series. And yes, great seats are still available!

I saw the show on Tuesday, opening night, and was completely blown away. The talent that the entire cast posseses, especially all of those little girls,  is unbelievable. I felt just like a kid again watching one of my all-time favorite movies. I was so bummed that I was hoarse and couldn’t sing along to all of my favorites, but I’m sure the folks sitting around me were appreciative.

(l to r) Isabel Wallach as Duffy, Lilly Mae Stewart as Molly, LillyBea Ireland as Tessie, Issie Swickle as Annie, Angelina Carballo as July, Sydney Shuck as Kate and Adia Dant as Pepper in “It’s The Hard Knock Life” Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The show includes all of your favorite songs, including “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” and the one and only, “Tomorrow,” along with a few new tunes.

Issie Swickle as Annie and Sunny as Sandy in “Tomorrow” Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

And, as incredible as everyone was, let’s get one thing straight right now: Lynn Andrews, who plays Miss Hannigan, is uh-mazing. She seriously had me laughing so hard that I had tears running down my face at one point!

Lynn Andrews as Miss Hannigan in “Little Girls” Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Jimmy thoroughly enjoyed the whole play, but his favorite thing about it was Christmas.  Shocker. The play took place around Christmas time in NYC, and the final scene was on Christmas day at Daddy Warbucks’ mansion. Jimmy’s eyes lit up like the sky on the Fourth of July! It was adorable.

The Company in “A New Deal for Christmas” Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Issie Swickle, who plays Annie, is a Florida girl with talents out of this world, and the dog who plays Sandy, Sunny, will melt your heart! Can his/her trainer please come teach my dog how to behave like that?

Issie Swickle as Annie and Company in “We’d Like to Thank You” Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

So if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, with your kids or your significant other, I highly recommend making a date night of it and going to see the show. It will be one of those feel-good nights that everyone needs in their life every now and then, and I promise you the smiles on all of the kids’ faces make it completely worthwhile. (Though you might leave smiling bigger than them!)

Great seats are still available for the remaining performances and shows run through Sunday night. Show days and times are:
Friday, October 24 – 8:00pm
Saturday, October 25 – 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday, October 26 – 1:30pm & 7:00pm

Tickets start at just $37.50 and be purchased by phone at (904) 442-2929 or online HERE.

Better hurry, because tomorrow is only a day away and you don’t want to miss it!

Disclaimer: Tickets to the show were provided to me by the FSCJ Artist Series.  I am a member of the Artist Series’ Professional Theater Ambassador Program and am compensated with tickets to select shows in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own.

Posted by:Blakeley

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