What’s better than Steven Pasquale singing “Maybe” from ANNIE? I mean, yeah, I get it. He can’t exactly really pull off the orphan look with the red locks of hair, but his voice is just so…beautiful. Laura Benanti is such a lucky lady.
I just got Steven Pasquale’s album (which includes his take on this song) and it’s the best and I’m kicking myself for not having ordered it when it debuted in 2009.
Cleaning up iTunes tonight, I found this track. It’s Dorothy Loudon, right? (I mean, that voice is pretty unmistakable.) Does anyone have the rest of this recording? If you’ll pardon the expression, it’s an orphan in my collection.
The Broadway revival of Annie opened last night to mixed-to-positive reviews. I hope I get to see it. I have a soft spot for the show and countless memories wrapped up in the film, the soundtrack, and the show.
The previous Broadway revival of Annie, in 1997, was not so successful. It starred Nell Carter as Miss Hannigan, and despite my deep and abiding love for her, reports were that she terrorized the cast offstage as much as her character terrorized the girls onstage. Her Hannigan was also a lot angrier than the character is usually played, which made her harder to like. Strouse and Charnin wrote a new song for her, “You Make Me Happy,” but the planned cast recording fell through, so the song never caught on. The ever-resourceful Jo tracked down this recording for me, so now we can all hear it.
OMG OMG OMG THERE’S AN EVEN WORSE ISRAELI VERSION OF ANNIE FROM 2012… AND THERE’S A MEGAMIX!!!
And it appears to interpolate other songs, including “There’s No Business Like Showbusiness” and something that I don’t recognize but whose lyrics translate to something like “they work without a break.”