Friday, December 12, 2008

Annie Get Your New Deal

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 12:44 PM

My man and I reviewed the touring production of "Annie" earlier this week for the paper. What surprised us is the relevance of that story to what is going on right now in America.

S: The one thing that struck me about the musical was just how relevant it is. How it mirrors what we're going through right now.

G: The story takes place as Franklin Rosevelt begins his presidency in the heart of the Great Depression.

S: The chorus sings "We'd Like to Thank You Herbert Hoover."

That's the nation's temperament right now. The woman next to me said, "They should be singing this to George Bush."

G: And, by the second act, Annie single-handedly ushers in the New Deal. The final number is "A New Deal for Christmas." Now, more than 75 years later, we might just have a new New Deal for Christmas — well, by Inauguration Day.

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