Review: Lilla Crawford Shines as "Annie"

November 12, 2012 9:05 AM

Review: Lilla Crawford Shines as

" It’s always seemed like an adult was the center of attention each time “Annie” has escaped the orphanage. Dorothy Loudon, as the man-hungry caretaker Miss Hannigan, won a 1977 Tony for the role, beating out young co-star Andrea McArdle in the show’s Broadway premiere. The scene-chewing Carol Burnett, in the same part, overshadowed Aileen Quinn in the 1982 film.

Well leapin' lizards, this time around, the most impressive thing about "Annie" is Annie herself: 11-year-old Lilla Crawford, a Los Angeles native whose previous Broadway experience was a stint in “Billy Elliott." Crawford has the title role in the new revival of the family friendly musical that just opened at the Palace Theatre, directed with a sure hand by James Lapine.

Crawford, employing a winning Noo Yawk accent, brims with confidence alongside her talented costars, the two-time Tony winner Katie Finneran and Australian opera and musical theater star Anthony Warlow, among them. Not even a distracted pooch can divert attention from the kid’s utterly delightful performance "

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