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.