|Annie & Frank. Photo courtesy of The Brandywiners.|
The show opens with that old time favorite, “There’s No Business Like Show Business” which becomes the recurring theme (and of course we all go out humming it to ourselves). Other recognizable tunes include “That Girl That I Marry,” “You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun,” and of course, the absolutely delicious “Anything You Can Do” which will have your kids singing for a long time to come! The Brandywiners’ production features clever sets that roll in and out of the hedges and dazzling costumes. Rebecca Buswell Kostifas gives us an adorable and energetic Annie who blasts out her numerous songs with confident gusto. Robert Welch is cast as Frank Butler -- the man that Annie has to figure out how to win over after winning over him with her shooting. While a bit stiff as an actor, Welch has a lovely voice that pairs beautifully with Kostifas’.
It took the large cast a bit of time to get into the swing of things and the first act dragged a bit, but the second act was sheer delight. The Ballroom Scene was exquisite in the unadorned garden setting and the choreography was tight and effective. The dance performed by Winnie (Carolyn Peck) and Tommy (Ricky Rotandi) was exceptional. And of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the delightful children’s ensemble and in particular Jessie (Alie Weldon), Nellie (Nicole Hemphill) and Little Jake (Misha Teixido) who perform a show-stopping “Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly” in the first act.
All in all, Annie Get Your Gun marks another ambitious success for The Brandywiners and it is well worth seeing. Be sure to check out all the area restaurants that are offering the discounted dinners throughout the run of the show.
Get tickets and additional information at: http://www.brandywiners.org/ but please, leave your guns at home!