Julie Stevens (no login) Posted Jan 13, 2009 3:38 PM
Yes, this was a mean-spirited review but let's hope that Madison's parents and fellow cast members keep such negativity away from her. There is no reason for the kids to read the reviews - it has nothing to do with the job they are hired to do. There will always be theatre critics that give negative reviews and it's part of the package of being a performer. You have to have thick skin and be able to get out there every night, regardless of what some people think of your performance. That's what being a professional is all about.
As for Amanda, I believe she is only joining the tour until they can find a Kate replacement. She may have been the only orphan from last year that was still small enough and could also cover the role of Annie, if Madison got sick. I do hope NETworks gives Madison some time to grow in the role.