It’s the hard knock life: "Annie" plays the Garde

Center, Casey Prins plays Grace Farrell and Tori Bates as Annie in 'Annie.' (Joan Marcus)
Center, Casey Prins plays Grace Farrell and Tori Bates as Annie in "Annie." (Joan Marcus)

There’s something eternally appealing about the musical “Annie” to youngsters, and, gosh darn it, the show snakes its way into adults’ good graces, too, no matter how much they might try to resist it. (Take it from someone who has had to review her fair share of “Annies” over the years.)

A touring production of “Annie” comes to the Garde Art Center at 5 p.m. Sunday, and you can expect the theater to be a popular place for families that day.

“Annie,” which premiered at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam in 1976, boasts an earworm score by composer Charles Strouse and lyricist Martin Charnin. Consider this toe-tapping triumvirate: “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” and “Easy Street.” And we haven’t even mentioned the behemoth that is “Tomorrow.”

And Thomas Meehan wrote the totes-adorbs book.

Speaking of totes-aborbs: the dog playing Sandy in this tour is owned by Sari L. Sherman, who lives in Colchester.

“Annie,” 5 p.m. Sunday, Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London; $40-$65; (860) 444-7373.

 

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