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Review - Annie at the Liverpool Empire
10 September 2009

LEEPIN’ Lizards! Annie hits the Empire Theatre in her true feisty style this week and the show is upbeat, fresh and truly nostalgic.

With Hi-De-Hi's Su Pollard playing the evil yet hilarious Miss Hannigan, and a fantastic young cast of little orphan girls, this was a winning formula.

There was electricity in the theatre as the girls burst into 'It's the Hard Knock Life' and all the memories of that famous film came flooding back.

As the show progressed we were carried into the world of the little orphan who woos President Roosevelt into her positive way of thinking, with a fantastic rendition of trademark song  'Tomorrow'.

There wasn't one weak character in the show – everybody gave it their all and did a fantastic job.

Young Lydia Tunstall who played the leading role did a great job, her confidence oozed on stage and we fell in love with her – my only criticism was the hair – we never saw any trademark curls until the final scenes, and this was missed throughout the show.

Su Pollard made Miss Hannigan's character her own, and with ease had the audience laughing every minute.

David McAlister playing Oliver Warbucks portrayed a new side of the billionaire, a softer side from the start, but he did it with charm, and more smiles from the old grump were welcome to the show.

See Annie at the Liverpool Empire until this Saturday, September 12 – and remember – you're never fully dressed without a smile.

Tickets –, Ticketmaster 0844 847 2525.

Review by Rebecca Keegan




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