Menu
Entertainment

Annie opening night a delight

The Australian production of Annie comes to Brisbane.
The Australian production of Annie comes to Brisbane.

SHE'S cute, spunky, optimistic and hasn't aged a day.

The timeless tale of little orphan Annie opened to a standing ovation at Brisbane's Queensland Performing Arts Centre last night.

Producer John Frost has succeeded in bringing this Broadway classic back to life with colourful sets and a superb Australian cast.

Brisbane local Chloe Teale had the honour of playing Annie, a role she shares with Jazmine May and Anita Munro, on opening night.

As well as singing, dancing and holding her own opposite some of Australia's greatest theatrical actors, Teale also did a great job of looking after her canine co-star Sandy.

As a show that relies so heavily on its young cast, the production is lucky to have such a talented bunch of girls playing the rambunctious orphans.

The girls support a star-studded adult cast, including Anthony Warlow as Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks, Todd McKenney as Rooster, Julie Goodwin as Grace Farrell, Alan Jones as Franklin D Roosevelt and Nancye Hayes as Miss Hannigan

After his commanding performance in Doctor Zhivago, it's nice to see Warlow in a lighter role that still showcases his silky smooth voice.

I recommend sitting fairly close to the stage, if you can, to catch all of Warlow's fun and cheeky facial expressions, particularly when he's interacting with Annie.

Nancye Hayes is a pure delight as the alcoholic orphanage matron Miss Hannigan.

Her performance in Little Girls was a major highlight of the show for me and she holds her own in the choreography-heavy Easy Street alongside McKenney and Chloe Dallimore (Lily St Regis).

Annie plays QPAC's Lyric Theatre Tuesdays through Sundays through May 13. Tickets start from $75.90. For more information visit the QPAC website.

Topics:  qpac's lyric theatre



Drug cocktail the wrong mix - and a gas leak scare

EMERGENCY: A suspected gas leak led emergency crews to shut down a Gympie shop at the weekend.

Man in court for drug driving and an emergency declared in Gympie

Region cafe ready to reap rewards of $2 billion solar farm

AN AUSSIE PICK-UP: Ash and Linda Blake of The Rusty Ute Cafe hope to see a boost from the Lower Wonga solar farm development.

Couple's lifestyle change set to see big boost.

Australia Day: 'Not all whities bad' says former alderman

Celebrating diversity on Australia Day.

Former Gympie alderman says 'not all whities are bad'

Local Partners

Actor Will Smith spotted in Queensland

ACTOR Will Smith is in Far North Queensland and making fast friends with the locals as he visits Lizard Island during his Australian holiday.

Miranda Kerr shows off baby bump in chic ensemble

Kerr looked stylish with round sunglasses perched on her head and a coat draped over her shoulders.

Miranda Kerr shows off growing baby bump in Los Angeles

‘Hypocrite’ Scarlett Johansson slammed over Franco comments

Scarlett Johansson spoke to the 500,000 strong crowd during the Women's Rally. Source: AFP/ Mark Ralston.

Scarlett Johansson cops a backlash over Woody Allen comments

Reality star’s 45kg prison weight loss

Abby Lee Miller was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges of bankruptcy fraud. Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Dance Moms’ Abby Lee Miller shows glimpse of extreme weight loss

First name revealed for I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here

Isuzu D-MAX will be in the middle of the reality TV action this year.

Series four name revealed ahead of program launch.

Kidman’s powerful SAG speech

Nicole Kidman accepts the award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or limited series for Big Little Lies at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

AUSTRALIAN actor Nicole Kidman has won a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Kate Middleton wants to mix things up for third baby

Kate wants to avoid the chaos she experienced after the birth of Prince George and Pincess Charlotte. Picture: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Duchess of Cambridge wants to avoid "chaos" of pregnancy.