Jon Merrill (no login) Posted Jan 15, 2009 3:31 PM
From what I remember over the years seeing dozens of Annie shows, I think every one I ever saw got a standing ovation, including lots of community theater productions, no matter how good or bad they were. All that was needed was a bunch of cheering Orphan mothers to get an audience to its feet.
The only show I can remember that didn't get a standing O was the first preview of "Annie 2: Miss Hannigan's Revenge" in Washington in December 1989, which Tricia Trozzi and I covered for our "Annie People" newsletter. However, we HAD to stand up at the conclusion of the three and a half hour show in the second or third row because the two people sitting next to us did so. They were Annie's mom and dad, so naturally we had to follow suit. There we were, four people in an audience of 2,000, standing up all by ourselves with everyone looking at us.