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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful new telling of the musical legend!, November 2, 2000
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This review is from: Annie [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Many people pass off ANNIE as a children's musical, when in actuality it has one of the most sophisticated scores and the book is of a higher standard than of many other shows. It still holds a record of something like the 8th or 9th longest running show on Broadway, and it is a delight among theatre-goers.
This new Disney version stays faithful to the stage score and script, not like John Huston's rambling version back in 1981 (refer to my review for this), and it is a delight to watch. It has that 'theatrical-style' feel to it.
The esteemed cast, the bulk of which are seasoned Broadway performers, include Kathy Bates as Miss Hannigan, Alan Cumming as Rooster, Audra McDonald as Grace Farrell, Kristin Chenoweth as Lily St Regis, Victor Garber as Daddy Warbucks and the lovely Alicia Morton as Annie. Making a cameo in the 'NYC' number as ''Star To Be'' is (oh happy day) the original Broadway Annie - Andrea McArdle.
The cast is sensational, and while I will not bring down the 1981 performers of Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters and Ann Reinking, they are far more believable in their interpretations.
You must buy this new version of the Broadway smash ANNIE!
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Initial post: Aug 22, 2009 1:37:38 PM PDT
K. Alphs says:
I agree with this reviewer.
The Disney version is superior compared the to the John Huston version.
The actors in the Disney version can actually act, sing and dance.
Whereas in the John Huston version the actors were selected because of their names.
This musical is a joy to watch with your family again and again!

Posted on Sep 17, 2012 5:43:51 AM PDT
Mark Twain says:
Ok sure, but this version had an agenda which bothered me.

This is 1930s New York, yet every orphan is a different color.
Grace and Daddy Warbucks are involved in an interracial relationship.
Ms. Hannigan no longer makes bathtub gin and isn't a drunk.
The Asp has mysteriously disappeared from this story.
Punjab and all traces of Indian Mysticism have also disappeared.

This movie was made to be a comment on today's political correctness and culture, nothing more.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2013 10:49:46 AM PST
skifan says:
1. The Asp and Punjab were not in the original stage musical which the TV version of Annie is based off

2. As for the orphans and the interracial relationship of Grace and Warbucks? Unless your plot has the characters specifically being of a race like "Show Boat", "Dreamgirls", "Othello", and "A Raisin in the Sun", as long as they can play the part and sing it, it shouldn't be a probably for anyone not racist.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2014 12:44:49 AM PST
Gee, Sam, er "Mark". New York in the Depression wasn't perfect, but it was a long way from Hannibal around The Civil War. You think orphans didn't come in all colors. And if Daddy Warbucks is game for an interracial relationship.... Luzhen gayne. In any case, the movie was made to be an antidote to one of the great John Huston's major mishaps....political correctness be damned.
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