Theatre-by-the-Sea http://ripr.org en Theatre-by-the-Sea's "Annie" is a Mixed Bag http://ripr.org/post/theatre-seas-annie-mixed-bag <p></p><p>Ah, yes. “The sun’ll come out tomorrow/Bet your bottom dollar.” Most of us remember that lyric. And you know, when “Annie,” after trying out at the Goodspeed Opera House, opened on Broadway in 1977 it definitely earned a lot more than a buck. With its bouncy music and improbable but oh-so-charming, very American narrative the show was up for 18 Tony Awards, and won 14, including “Best Musical.”</p><p>The show then traveled from Boston to Bangkok as Annie and her dog Sandy, and her multi-millionaire benefactor Daddy Warbucks, made the sun shine once again around the world.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 13:05:00 +0000 Bill Gale 19311 at http://ripr.org Theatre-by-the-Sea's "Annie" is a Mixed Bag Theatre-by-the Sea’s Production is the Cats Meow http://ripr.org/post/theatre-sea-s-production-cats-meow <p></p><p></p><p>It’s a funny thing about “Cats.”</p><p>Some people, many actually, are enthralled by this musical taken almost completely from a poem by that Anglo-American literary icon, T.S. Eliot. “Cats” lovers adore the music by Andrew Lloyd-Webber and are happy to forget about the almost plotless story line that finds a beat-up old cat restored to vibrant life.</p><p>Others, myself included, enjoy much of the music but really find “Cats” to be a clawless work, more a stagnant showing off piece than anything else.</p><p>So , make your choice and pay your money. Or not.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 05:07:00 +0000 Bill Gale 17742 at http://ripr.org Theatre-by-the Sea’s Production is the Cats Meow