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Citadel Theatre Company
Thru - Jan 5, 2020

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Citadel Theatre Company

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Daily Herald- Recommended

"...Director Robert D. Estrin has taken a page from both the 1999 Disney TV version and the modernized 2014 movie remake of "Annie" to be more inclusive in casting the Depression-era show. He has also double-cast the orphans, so even more little girls get a chance to perform in the iconic family musical."
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Scott C. Morgan

Around The Town Chicago- Recommended

"..."Annie", the musical based on the comic strip character, "Little Orphan Annie" with a book by Thomas Meehan, Music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin, was a Broadway "blockbuster" and is filled with some great music. Songs from this show are "Tomorrow", "Easy Street", "You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile, "It's A Hard Knock Life" and several others of note. It is a story about hope and dreams and often we forget, about Christmas and its spirit."
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Alan Brelsoff

Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended

"...Despite theatergoers who say they’ve seen enough productions of “Annie” to last a lifetime, this new presentation brings sparkle, vigor and intimacy to the story, something that may have been lacking in other bigger, flashier productions. And for all those nay-saying pessimists who pooh-pooh the musical’s positive message, “Tomorrow,” Annie’s anthem to keeping your chin up when times are tough, is what this holiday confection is really all about. In fact, the song’s positive spirit, contagious melody and uplifting message is especially appropriate for today. To add some joy and a smile to your holidays, spend a couple hours up in lovely Lake Forest to unwrap “A New Deal for Christmas” this year."
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Colin Douglas Highly Recommended

"...'Annie' is an entertaining production that reminds us of the things we should not take for granted and the little things in life to be thankful for - sometimes it takes a special kid to show us the way"
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Ken Payne

Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended

"...This family friendly show is housed in an intimate space that will ensure audiences of all ages are engaged from start to finish."
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Erika Brown Thomas

Chicago Theater and Arts- Highly Recommended

"...Popular songs include, “Tomorrow,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed without a Smile” and “Maybe,” which practically guarantees you’ll leave the theatre singing."
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Mira Temkin

Chicago On Stage- Recommended

"...Overall, I enjoyed Annie quite a bit because again, what is there not to love? I could easily overlook some of the things my critic’s eye noticed because I was too busy smiling and trying hard not to sing along. Always a classic, Annie is a great, optimistic show for the holidays!"
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Karen Topham

Spotlight On Lake- Highly Recommended

"...A special hats off has to be given to Director, Robert D. Estrin. To pull off the set changes, and costume changes (many actors played multiple parts), on a small school stage, and do it so flawlessly, was a work of art."
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Bob Rubin