Montclair Musical Theatre, NJ

Lyric Theatre, OK

  • “Over the years, however, I have attended so many productions of the show that I have honestly lost exact count. Therefore, I was less than enthusiastic when I learned that Oklahoma’s Lyric Theatre would be resurrecting it again as part of their 2004 summer season. But I must say now, after witnessing Lyric’s latest incarnation of the revered little cartoon character with the hollow eyes, that I am happy they did. It is by far the best version I have ever seen. It also marks a return to form for this historic musical theatre company.”

    “Lyric’s 3rd offering of the summer season was the complete package. Also director/choreographer Gary John La Rosa had the entire cast on their toes and in their proper spaces."

    “Beth Leavel portrayed a Miss Hannigan, administrator of the orphanage, for the ages. Leavel’s Hannigan was far and above the most definitive portrayal of this crazy character yet. Annie was definitely a triumph for Lyric. Congratulations to Lyric on a show well done.”

    Russ Pollock 
    The Gayly Oklahoman
  • Lyric’s ‘Annie’ Abounds With Talent

    “…’It’s the Hard Knock Life,’ features Annie and the Orphans. What a rousing, rollicking, crowd-pleasing number this turned out to be.”

    “…wakes up the audience and sets the stage for the energy filled musical that is still to come.”

    “Left alone to shine by director and choreographer Gary John La Rosa…”

    “…a nice classical touch for a beloved musical. It has lost none of its soul enhancing appeal.”

    Johnnie-Margaret McConnell
    Norman Transcript