When you say "subsequent Annie's" are you talking about the 1st-4th national tours or tours that came after the show closed on Broadway? I saw the 1st and 3rd nationals when they came through, and though I was only about 10 myself, I remember them quite well. I remember liking one of the companies greatly over the other (though I won't say which one, so don't ask). My point is, they weren't cookie-cutter Annie's or orphans to me. In fact, I remember debating with some of the other girls I knew who also saw both tours about the merits of both.
Now, in the years that have followed since the original run closed, I have seen many other tours. Some equity, some not. Some good, some seemed to be imitations of past tours.
I guess it is just all in the eye of the beholder.
Posted on May 1, 2008, 12:02 PM from IP address 220.127.116.11