Annie the Musical came to Boston’s Citi Performing Arts Center for the holiday season. We scored some last minute tickets and pulled the girls from school for a morning matinee with friends.
While waiting for the show to start, we chatted with the girls about all of the history at the theatre, which I went to as a little girl when it was the Wang Theatre. We admired the architecture and the grandeur of the building, as well as the glittering chandeliers. We talked about FDR and what it was like to live in the 1930’s during the great depression.
Sweet Pea asked, “Are any of my friends from orphanages?” It’s striking how empathetic she can be no matter the situation. I explained how Social Services brings together foster kids and loving adoptive parents.
After the show as we walked out of the theatre, one of the ushers asked the girls if they enjoyed the show. Bean replied, “Loved it! WAY better than school!” And you know what, it was way better than a school day. What a fantastic learning experience! We absolutely loved the show and had a fabulous day in the city with friends.
Bean and Sweet Pea had not seen the original Annie movie from 1982 when we went to the musical. I realized why I hadn’t let them watch the movie after we saw it. While the songs and story line are generally uplifting, the climax scene with Annie climbing the bridge was terrifying for Sweet Pea. That night she had horrible nightmares, or as she would say “night mirrors” (and, no we don’t correct her!).
We finally made it to the little movie theatre in Lincoln, New Hampshire on New Year’s Eve. We loved, loved, loved the new Annie. Even Don enjoyed it. The new Annie movie freshly updates a classic.
Here are some of the things Sweet Pea said as we left the movie theatre:
“That was such a cheerful movie!”
“I’m shivering with happiness.” (it was F R E E Z I N G out!)
“I’m so happy for Annie. I’d like to be there at the end with the balloons, the band, and the singing!”
A few days later, Sweet Pea said, “My head is playing both movies and I’m trying to figure out the differences.” Interesting…
In the opening scene, we loved the contrast between the red head student Annie with the main character Annie. It really set the tone that this was going to be a different kind of Annie than the original. Bean thought Annie was a strong, smart girl who was very likable. I loved Annie’s spunkiness and style. The FDR reference was so perfect that even Bean picked up on it. I don’t want to spoil all of the details, but I would say that original movies aren’t always better.
Thirty-three years later, the Annie story and songs are still relevant. The movie was a bit long; but we didn’t notice until we left the theatre. Our 6 and 9 year olds were in full attention, as were the 37 year olds! There were only eight people in the movie theatre, so we sang along and danced in our seats. I can definitely see a few Annie dance parties on the patio this summer!
Note: This is not a sponsored post. We purchased the theatre and movie tickets on our own.