Tianna Stevens exemplifies role of 'Annie'
By Kellie B. Gormly
Friday, December 26, 2008
Leapin' lizards! The adorable Tianna Stevens perfectly portrays Little Orphan Annie in the Broadway classic "Annie," which plays at Heinz Hall through Sunday.
Stevens -- who has been performing professionally since age 5, and has appeared in productions including "Miracle on 34th Street" and "Greasepaint" -- couldn't have portrayed the 11-year-old Annie better. She is button-cute, sassy, bubbly, and has a powerful voice with which she belted out favorite "Annie" songs like the solos "Maybe" and "Tomorrow," and the fun ensemble hit "It's the Hard-Knock Life," sung by the adorable cast of orphans. The orphans suffer under the nasty yet funny Miss Hannigan, a character that Lynn Andrews -- who has appeared in productions including "Chicago" and "Romeo & Juliet" -- captures well.
"Annie," which premiered in 1977 on Broadway and has produced thousands of performances, has become a timeless classic for good reasons. It has a pure feel-good and sentimental factor, as the redheaded Annie and her optimistic spunk cheer the other characters during the Great Depression and audience members who are reminded that, no matter how bad things get, tomorrow always is just a day away.