Annie BroadwayLeapin’ Lizards!

Look who is this week’s giveaway!

It’s that lovable little lady who has is so popular, she has had two Broadway revivals since I moved to NY!  (And countless tours!)

If you haven’t see this James Lapine production of Annie (Original Conceiver/Director/Co-Lyricist Martin Charnin has directed most of the other major productions), then you best put on your biggest “smile” (because you’re never fully dressed without it!) and get down to the box office, because this production closes on January 5th.  And since there have already been a couple of a revivals in the past twenty years, it will probably be a few more decades before we see another one.

But one of you is going to get to see it for free.  Here’s how:

There’s no question that Annie is one of the most popular musicals in the world.  Why is it so popular?  Here’s a simple multiple choice question for you.  Is it:

A) The Kids

B) The Dog

C) The Music

D) The Cartoon it was based on

E) All of the above.

Give me your SAT-like answer in the comments below and you’ll be entered to win (and feel free to expound on your answer!).

 

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104 Responses to The Sunday Giveaway: Two Tickets to Annie on Broadway!

  1. Gonzalo Mendez says:

    E) All of the above, but I think the dog has done a great job in this production!

  2. Sarah P. says:

    Hmm, I guess I’d say e) all of the above, except I would actually probably leave out d) the cartoon, especially for the many generations now too young to be at all familiar with the original “Little Orphan Annie.” But the kids, dog & music are definitely it’s timeless strengths! Kids love to see other kids up on stage (or screen; I was obsessed with the movie as a kid, even though I wasn’t able to see it on Bway!), singing and dancing and having fun scrappy adventures. It’s especially cool for girls to have heroic female characters to relate to, you know? And every kid can identify with Annie missing her parents, rebelling against authority, and then getting to enjoy a better life. And of course, who – adult or child – doesn’t love an adorable mutt? :)

    But it’s certainly also the fabulous, classic songs that have kept Annie being an audience favorite…so many gems, and if choreographed well they lend themselves to some eye-popping dance numbers, too! I know I will never get tired of hearing/singing “Hard-Knock Life,” “NYC,” “Easy Street” and “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile” to name just a few, plus I think everyone in the world has now heard “Tomorrow” at least once, it’s a cultural touchstone.

  3. Colleen says:

    A – Talented kids are always a big draw.

  4. Phil Iannitti says:

    C) The Music
    Even the most casual of everyday people knows “Tomorrow” sung by that “girl with the red afro in the red dress.” I think the music is very iconic and it’s particularly well-known by the masses thanks to the film and TV versions, high-profile revivals and the fact that the show is so frequently performed in schools and regional theaters across the world. Most people have probably seen at least one production of Annie in their lives, and the thing they’ll remember most is the music!

  5. Melanie says:

    Talented kids are always more impressive than talented adults.

  6. Sue says:

    D) The Cartoon on which Annie is based, because that is where the STORY of looking for and finding love and family originated.

    If you want further explanation, you’ll have to wait until tomorrow — it’s only a day away.

  7. Emily says:

    C) The music: The songs are so catchy, they’ll still be in your head TOMORROW. MAYBE, if you’re lucky you’ll remember them years later and it will make adults want to head back to EASY STREET and teach their kids that YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE. Personally, I’d rather go to the theater, then GO TO THE MOVIES, but if I’m going to take LITTLE GIRLS anywhere, I’d want to tell them that WE GOT ANNIE tickets thanks to Ken Davenport!

  8. judy gentile says:

    I think it is all except the cartoon, I saw the original Annie on B’way years ago and it’s very infectious and memorable and I can’t afford tkts to take my 3 lil nieces to this revival but would love to win tkts to take 1 of them (it’d have to be a raffle, no hurt feelings)- thx, Ken, for the possible opportunity!!!

  9. Aaron Deitsch says:

    I would say C) The music. Even people who aren’t “theater” people love this music and become nostalgic when they hear it. That’s what keeps people coming back. The kids and the dog change and not everyone remembers the comic strip, but regardless of the production, everyone loves Annie because of that timeless music

  10. Chad G says:

    I vote C. You may love or hate the show, but you still know all the songs.

  11. Karlan Judd says:

    It is definitely the music. I mean, for real seriously can I get an amen? Yes, Martin Charnin brilliantly realized the comic strip would make a great musical. He realized a great and heart-wrenching and heart-warming story, a dog and kids on stage would make everyone coo and awe and applaud like mad.

    But, but BUTTTTTTT!! Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow…you’re only a dayyyyyy a-wayyyyy. I mean, you sang it in your head right? Or maybe even out loud. I knew this song and was in wonderment over it long before I ever saw the musical. And then when I saw the musical, all of the other music made my heart full. It explored the heart of the show…the story, the plight of all the kids and especially Annie, the injustice pitted against the enormous compassion inherent in the story.

    Of course, the lyrics and the book by Charnin and Meehan all serve together with the music as well, so these deserve their own recognition of brilliance. The simplicity and yet authenticity and perfection of the lyrics give Strouse’s music the ability to soar, and soar it does!

  12. Hans says:

    E is a strong contender, but I’d say what won me over is really C.

  13. Imani C. says:

    May I cheat a little bit and say both A) the kids and C) the music? The only thing people love more than talented little people are talented little people who can belt. “Tomorrow” is worth the price of admission in itself!

  14. Jamie says:

    C.) the music

    The show had many merits, but impressively, many people who don’t know the first thing about it can still somehow belt out the chorus of Tomorrow (cultural osmosis) and It’s a Hard Knock Life (Jay Z).

  15. Zach says:

    I think it’s the nostalgia paired with the kids. All the adults grew up with it and want to take their children to see it.

  16. Adam says:

    E. All of the above.
    The kids and cartoon are plenty to draw families of all ages in as young talent and the cartoon have global appeal. However, when you add in the timeless tunes and a scene-stealing pooch you’re clicking on all cylinders.

  17. Theo says:

    E. All of the above. It’s a timeless tale about the beauty of unconventional family and dreams coming true and features a spunky, optimistic orphan with a voice of gold and who has a soft spot for dogs. What’s there not to love?

  18. Emily Robinson says:

    Thanks for the SAT practice! *wink wink* I have to take it next year.

    1) D

    Not just any musical with those aspects could thrive, it is the perfect combination of all of it, that makes it magical.

  19. Antoinette says:

    E. All the above!!!!!

  20. Elizabeth T says:

    Given the options, I would choose D, but really I think it was the movie with Albert Finney and Aileen Quinn. That’s the reason I know it as my Grandparents showed it to my cousin and I as children. We could recite it word for word!

  21. LARRY ABRAMSKY says:

    .E.

    THE ORIGINAL PRODUCTION JUST ‘WORKED’, VERY SIMILAR IN IT’S RECEPTION TO ‘HAIRSPRAY’…

    I HAD CLIENTS IN THE ORIGINAL BROADWAY CASTS, AND SAT THRU THIS WAR HORSE 7 TIMES, BUT I HAVEN’T SEEN THIS REVIVAL.

  22. Karen Soper says:

    E) All of the above, (except maybe The cartoon, since its before my time)! This was the first show my daughter saw, with her Grammy Pam, and it was the show that completely sealed her love for the theater. She is only 9, and has since seen 6 Broadway shows. That’s 6 more than I saw before age 37! Annie is also the show that gave her the confidence to try out, and get parts in, 2 local community theater shows since then. There is nothing better than seeing the excitement in her eyes when I surprise her with tickets :)

  23. Willia a says:

    I would say A, B, and C.

  24. Taz says:

    C. The music. So many hum-able tunes and songs that make you feel super happy.

  25. Rosie says:

    E is the SAT point grabber, but it’s the music that really does it for me.

  26. gjc says:

    “F” (For New Yawkers) – This production was my first, having always avoided this glorified “kiddie show.” Little did I realize what a tribute to old N-Y-C (yes, the song, too) with its depiction of Hooverville in Central Park plus the ritzy mansion with fantastic costumes to dress up its newest resident. NYC is the star of this show, especially if you’re a New Yawker! ;)

  27. Max says:

    I’m gonna say C. It just can’t be beat.

  28. David Olson says:

    I’d have to say the music, it is so uplifting and catching . . . though the kids come in a close second.

  29. Laura K says:

    E — the message that good can overpower evil, although not removing bad things entirely, gives us hope. Having a rich sugar daddy doesn’t hurt, either.

    ;)

  30. Matthew Turkle says:

    I would have to go with the MUSIC! Strouse’s score is readily accesible and so familiar to kids of any age. This and “Birdie” are so unique in that they are especially for KIDS. Everyone can remember singing those songs at one point or another, and listening to them on an album (i.e. “[title of show]“), CD, live performance, etc. Not to mention, gathering as a family to watch Carol Burnett in the original movie.

  31. nancy cohen says:

    hi. well being a canine fan, I’d like to say the dog, but I think it’s the music…in particular one song… The Sun Will Come out… a song that carries the idea of the sun always spells hit… Let the Sunshine In, A Sunny Day in Londontown..kidding with that one, but Sunrise, Sunset, .. Here Comes the Sun, Sunday in the Park with George.. Good Day Sunshine, I know not all Broadway plays, but hits, nonetheless, Sunshine Boys, and A Raisin in the Sun…it’s a very successful celestial body.

  32. Nick C says:

    Lets go with mostly C. Most people do readily recognize the songs and score from Annie; the shows melodies are indelibly etched in our ears and hearts. For many little girls, Annie is their first experience with theatre and Tomorrow their first audition piece.

  33. Candace P says:

    A AND C! The songs are catchy, the kids are cute. (Legally Blonde had a dog and that didn’t help it!)
    No one over 60 even has an idea of who orphan Annie was!
    I have only seen a Grades 6-12 public school production, so I would LOVE to see it on Broadway!

  34. Karl says:

    C. The Music! Once I hear, “It’s a Hard Knock Life” I have an earworm for the day!

  35. Ron says:

    A and B: The Brits have learned that shows with kids are huge box office, although some of those West End hits haven’t transferred and translated successfully for American audiences. But American audiences are suckers for dogs as well. A winning combo!

  36. Elaina Remin says:

    I say E!!

  37. Cara says:

    C) The music makes the kids and the dog, etc, what they are. The heart of this show is the emotion and message within the songs. The music speaks for itself. You would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t know “Tomorrow” or “You’re Never Fully Dressed” Annie brings a message of hope to every kind of person, everywhere.

  38. Stephanie Ross says:

    E. All of the above

    Kids like it because of the kids, and probably the dog. Adults like it, possibly because of the cartoon it was based on, and the music… and the dog, and the kids!

    All of the elements of the show make it appealing to all ages.

  39. Stacey says:

    I think it’s most definitely ‘A’. Kids want to see other kids perform… kids want to be those kids… and (many) parents want their kids to be those kids.
    Personally, I’m a sucker for the dog.

  40. Grace says:

    I think that it’s a) the kids because other kids can relate to wanting to find a true home and family.

  41. Liz says:

    B. The Dog.

    Dogs automatically make anything better.

  42. Bryan Austermann says:

    A

  43. Jay Z says:

    The answer is E!  Popularity requires multiple impressions and reaching diverse individuals right? So: 
    D) made it bankable and provided the first audiences
    C) made it memorable, giving it staying power and over time building new audiences
    B) makes it heartwarming and grabs pet owners
    A) brings in young audiences and constant press (ie, who will be Annie?  What happened to this former Annie?)

    If it only had one of the four, it would be much less popular…

  44. Definitely E!

    Kids are a big trend on Broadway these days. It appeals to families and also to those of us who grew up watching the movie.

    The Dog: Everyone loves seeing animals on stage. Even if it’s people dressed up like animals. It’s a universal bond.

    The Music: Everyone loves the hope that Annie has and the music is so great and an integral part of the storytelling.

    The Cartoon it was based on: I’m not as familiar with this, but it definitely extends to people who are. It increases the show’s popularity.

  45. Sarah Doudna says:

    I would answer E, all of the above. Not just the adorable kids, the dog, the (totally catchy) music, and the cartoon, but I think Annie is particularly popular for three additional reasons. First, Annie is universally likable as a character because she’s an orphan, and yet spunky, plucky and optimistic, and tries to get out of her situation. Second, I think adults and kids can relate to the feeling of wanting to belong. And third, who doesn’t love hateable bad-guys who get their comeuppance in the end?

  46. Alexandria Huntington says:

    A) the kids

    Growing up, every little girl wants to be Annie up on that stage. Seeing the show gives each little girl a piece of that dream and the little girls bring their families, who buy tickets.

  47. Alan B. says:

    It’s E! Great score, Great dog, Great Kids. The cartoon is rather lame but the correct SAT answer is still E!

  48. Cheryl Dzubak says:

    Tough choice, because Sandy, the dog makes the show, but I have to go with all of the above, if taking this in SAT form because the show IS All of the above, and then some. I have never seen it before, but have heard so much about it.

  49. Mark Westerhaus says:

    Ken, the answer is E. More specifically, it’s because it has a story people will care about. (and by people I mean the general theater going public, not Broadway insiders) It never ceases to amaze me when I see some of the musicals that get produced today. Some notable examples (or perhaps not so notable) are Bonnie and Clyde and Catch Me If You Can. At the end of the day these were stories about 2 psychopathic killers and a con man. Did anyone really think these shows had stories anyone would care about and tell their friends to see regardless of how good the score was. First and foremost, people must feel better when they leave the theater than when they went in. This can only happen with a story and characters people are willing to care about such as Annie, Wicked, Phantom, Lion King, just to name a few. (and is the primary reason why Love Never Dies won’t succeed here. Did Sir Andrew really think turning Raul, the hero of Phantom, into an alcoholic, gambling addicted excuse for a husband would impress anyone?) At the end of the day it’s all about the story and it better be that one that’s easy to like.

  50. EllenFD says:

    “A” all the way: kids, kids, kids, specifically orphans of the spunky variety. It’s a holiday season-themed show, which always brings to mind kids, their antics and their dreams. The general public probably knows only “Tomorrow” from the tuneful score, and dogs have been featured in numerous other Broadway musicals (DROOD, A CHRISTMAS STORY, to name just a couple).

  51. Yosi Merves says:

    A. Kids like seeing other kids perform and it makes them think they can be performers as well which makes them interested in the performing arts and cultivating a new generation of theater-goers. Annie was a “gateway drug” to musical theater before Rent, Wicked, Spring Awakening etc.

    Other shows have had children as a main part of the cast before, such as The Sound of Music, or Oliver!, but no show has really harnessed the power of children performing onstage quite like Annie.

    Also, the music is so hummable and catchy that the songs stay with you well after you leave the theater, which has certainly not hurt the show’s staying power.

  52. JOHN P says:

    (E) a little of all but how could you leave off the list ……

    Miss Agatha “Aggie” Hannigan
    Broadway loves a good villian

  53. Rick Shulman says:

    I’d have to say A) and C). The kids help the kids that see the show identify with it (and want to be in it one day), and the songs are catchy enough to pull you in after only one hearing.

  54. Lisa Weiss says:

    of course, the answer is all of the above, Annie has something for everyone, cute children, lovable animals, rich men, good triumphs over evil, and a good love story…what more could you ask for.

  55. Carl says:

    F. The story, followed by kid and music.

  56. Ging says:

    (E) Like the SAT, GMAT and other standardized exams, I’m guessing on “All of the Above “.
    Basically, I have never seen ” Annie “, the musical but I did read the comic strip as a kid. I remember Annie, Daddy Warbucks and Sandy having no pupils.

  57. Brittany says:

    A) The Kids.

    Kids love watching kids! It’s that simple!

  58. Ellen says:

    F none of the above. The story supported by music, talented kids, cute dog, memorable music, and nostalgia for the comic.

    As much as children love to see other children performing on stage and the music has been adopted into American culture, the story little orphan Annie is the epitome of the rags to riches American dream.

    Few shows bridge the generational gap the way Annie draws in kids (with kids and dogs), parents (with memories of the music), and grandparents (with memories of the comic).

    Also, the importance of the movie shouldn’t be left out. The movie’s ability to bring the show, and musical theatre, to people who become tourists who travel to NYC and pick a show they are familiar with…that is a huge part of Annie’s success story. Well, that and a rich father!

  59. Ellen says:

    F none of the above. The story supported by music, talented kids, cute dog, memorable music, and nostalgia for the comic.

    As much as children love to see other children performing on stage and the music has been adopted into American culture, the story little orphan Annie is the epitome of the rags to riches American dream.

    Few shows bridge the generational gap the way Annie draws in kids (with kids and dogs), parents (with memories of the music), and grandparents (with memories of the comic).

    Also, the importance of the movie shouldn’t be left out. The movie’s ability to bring the show, and musical theatre, to people who become tourists who travel to NYC and pick a show they are familiar with…that is a huge part of Annie’s success story. Well, that and a rich father!

  60. Mary McCann says:

    It’s E!!! The kids AND the dog AND the music AND the comic. It’s also the feel good spirit, the hope, the triumph over evil, the plucky heroine, the dream come true-ness, God Bless America & a cherry on top. It appeals to all.

  61. Sabrina says:

    I’d say E, I guess, though I think the cartoon is mostly forgotten at this point.

    The other thing I’d say that isn’t listed is it’s iconic family-friendly reputation. Everyone knows about Annie – even people who don’t know musicals. So many people have seen one of the previous Broadway productions, a tour, a local or school production, the original movie, or the Disney remake movie. It’s renowned family-friendly big-Broadway reputation is really the biggest draw, and the REASONS behind that reputation are the kids, dog, music (and originally, the cartoon too).

  62. Amanda says:

    I’d say the big draw is C, the music. Everyone knows Tomorrow!

  63. Lisa Pratt says:

    Depending on who you are, there is something in that list for everyone. So E wins. And E wins because the Experience is Easy. It’s happy and heartwarming, it follows the bell curve of all basically Easy story lines with a not too demanding beginning, middle and end. It’s a “no worry that something too intense is right around the corner in the next scene” kind of show. It’s Entertainment in its most simple form – kids, kanines, katchy tunes. E wins with a smiley face.

  64. Susan says:

    E all of the above!

  65. Allison says:

    I would normally say E, just because I hate making a choice, but after the girls that I babysit saw the show and sang the songs non-stop, I would have to say
    C. The Music
    The tunes are catchy, easy to remember, and a perfect draw-in for both children and adults. And I mean really, everyone knows at least one line of Tomorrow, even if they don’t want to admit it.

  66. A) It is popular because it is so widely produced! Everyone and their brother has seen a church production of Annie, or Annie the movie. Kids know it, little girls dream of playing Annie. Parents of said kids grew up watching the films- all around popular.

    Thus, when a show like Annie is produced in NY, you have all of the mainstream tourist-y, visiting from Oklahoma crowd that wants to see it. Add a performer from a TV show about a Glee club, and it’s going to be popular.

  67. Ian says:

    Definitely E!

  68. Andrew Joy says:

    A because of C. The music is iconic and the fact that it is performed so well by such young talented kids makes it an event to see.

  69. Todd says:

    All of the above!

  70. Kristen says:

    E! You can’t really go wrong with a dog and kids and music based off a cartoon!

  71. Kyle Abraham says:

    A

  72. Evelyn Storch says:

    All of the above, but especially the music.

  73. Nanda Douglas says:

    A)The Kids.

    I played Annie when I was a freshman in high school and we sold out 4 of 7 performances in our 750 seat theatre, not just because the show is well-known, but because every member of our 60 person cast invited their whole family and their mother to see a kid’s show that took everybody back to their childhoods. The kids make that magic happen.

  74. Ed says:

    E: All of the above.

  75. Mary M. says:

    I would say A & C -the kids & the music. Although I’m not sure if that would be an allowable answer on the SAT ….:)

  76. Kerry Campbell says:

    ANNIE has a beautiful message of self worth,even when we may feel like an “Orphan”, to believe that we’re still worthy of an abundant life, in all aspects of our lives, this is such a universal dream &story to believe in…

  77. Danielle says:

    A! I think the kids of ANNIE make the show exciting. For many it’s a Broadway debut, and while the songs and such may be iconic, it’s really the kids that bring it to life.

  78. Ed Katz says:

    E- all of the above.
    Hard to have a huge hit with only one of those but, put them all together…
    Kids can be a huge draw (Billy Elliott, Matilda are recent examples) but work best when not the only draw, as you know from 13- which my family and I loved, btw)
    The dog- just another cute element and the animal creates a couple of fun moments.
    The Music- several classic songs, starting with “Tomorrow”- just spare your ears and don’t ask me to sing them.
    The cartoon- I think only senior citizens remember this, for the most part, but don’t they still make up a huge part of a Broadway show’s ticket buying public? So, yes, this helps, too.
    I know you know this- good marketing is about the synergy of all the elements coming together well.
    “Annie” has clearly achieved that.

  79. virginia says:

    A-B-C. I remember when word around the city was ANNIE was coming back. I heard someone comment “Oh who’s going to see ANNIE AGAIN. Well, I think everyone and anyone. It’s timeless. Everyone knows the music. I believe when the first production was announced the Broadway buzz also was “WHO’s going to want to see that? Once again EVERYONE.

  80. Fran says:

    E. Not sure too many people know the cartoon.

    Great kids, dog, book and music. I remember sitting in the audience for the first time for the original and the overture began. It was infectious and really put me in the mood for the rest of the evening.

  81. Maryann says:

    A- the kids! A musical is only as good as the actors or else we would just buy the CD for the music!

  82. Andrea Herbert says:

    I’m going to say b. the dog, because not every child knows it’s based on a cartoon character, they might have heard a song or two from the show, they might be interested to see kids their own age on stage, but it is the dog that will encourage them to drag their parents to see it. The children will be amazed and full of wonder over how a dog could do so many tricks and know all their cues and “lines.”

    If I didn’t know the show, the dog would get me as well. :)

  83. Mariah HallBilsback says:

    C! I grew up on the music. It is timeless and popular with every generation!

  84. David Rigano says:

    I think its prey much E, all of the above, but mainly the music. Of the music weren’t as good as it is, the rest wouldn’t matter. Its fun, funny, and mainly it’s full of hope, much needed in the period that Annie takes place. Its also something we seem to need renewed fairly often! There’s always a new crop of talented kids to delight a new generation of audiences. The character parts are endless fun. But, at the end of the day the music allows all those elements to shine.

  85. Tom L says:

    A-C, because I think few people these days remember the cartoon these days. But– I also want to put in a plug for the book. The book of Annie is fantastic, and highly underrated.

  86. Stacey says:

    First, C–the music. But also A–the kids. And yeah, a little bit B–the dog.

    But also because it is a musical that features a gaggle of all GIRLS. Boys may go to a musical like this, but girls will be devoted to it. And will tell all their friends.

  87. ECP says:

    E. Canny blending of all of the above. Most adults will still “know of” the comic, at least its popularity and longevity. A big plus. The music, well you carry the tunes with you out of the theater. Another selling point. And never underestimate girl power. The canine is the Awww factor.

  88. Catherine Jampel says:

    Annie is the plane on the runway It’s Got To Fly…..It’s A Hard Knock Life brings us all in to show the heart n soul of these children fighting for a better life. Leaping Lizzards there is hope to win tickets to the show!!!!

  89. E) All of the above.
    The Kids show the resiliance and sense of fun and joy only children in circumstances…from a great depression to being orphaned…can teach us. They remind us cynical adults that you are never fully dressed without a smile.
    The dog, with its unconditional love,and like the kids, always finds fun and comarderie among those who are kind to him. And also loyal to those who show love and care to him.
    The Music serves the hopefulness of all eras. Maybe far away, maybe real nearby there’s someone who cares about us (you) enough bring back our belief and remind us, show us (you) the sun will come up, tomorrow!
    The comic is captured with all of the above. It was created to bring patriotism and hope to our young people; encouraging everyone to guide, create programs, create a prosperous future for our children, ourselves. This message transends all eras.
    This message of hope, our ability to believe and take action for our future is beautifully captured in this way, to reach all people!

  90. The correctamundo answer is B) The Dog.

  91. Jeannie says:

    E:) I can see it again and again and never get tired of it!

  92. Sarah says:

    Definitely E) All of the Above.

  93. Jose says:

    A) The Kids

    As long as kids identify themselves with Annie and the other orphans, the show will be a success. Especially because at one time or another, even if you grow up with your parents, you’re bound to feel like “an orphan” and sing “It’s a Hard Knock’s Life”.

  94. Keni Fine says:

    Though A & C are compelling, I go with an alternate “B” for Billionaire… the real reason being that people love the fantasy of being adopted by a billionaire who is also apparently the King of the World.

  95. Gregory Turner says:

    E! Well duh, isn’t it obvious?

  96. Cash says:

    All but the cartoon. Only very few people remember the cartoon, and those that do realize the cartoon has very little to do with the show other than the character names. I’ll paraphrase a review of the first production: “It has a kid, a dog, a Christmas tree, a love song to New York City, and Mike Nichols to put it all together.”

  97. S. Allison says:

    E. But mostly the kids and the dog.

  98. Madeline Raynor says:

    The Music! It was the first score I completely memorized. I remember belting it in the car when I was 8, and then being the tallest kid in our 6th grade production (I was a very sassy Grace).

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