Sanitized Behind-the-Scenes Look at Broadway's Annie is Cute
Broadway devotees will no doubt decry the lack of attention paid to
the show's director -- James Lapine appears briefly -- but the program
makes up for it with several interviews with the original 1977 Annie
brain trust: lyricist/director Martin Charnin, writer Thomas Meehan and
composer Charles Strouse.
This troika offers some historical
context for creating the musical and a reaction to the 1982 Annie
movie's version of "It's a Hard-Knock Life."
"We meant it to show
children in despair, but they looked like the happiest children in the
world," says one of the "Annie" veterans of the movie's orphans sliding
down a banister with big grins.
Annie: It's a Hard-Knock Life, From Script to Stage (Friday - PBS, 9pm) also plays
up the bonds that form among the young Annie cast and how one of them
ages out of stuffed animals through the course of rehearsals. That
emphasis on kids makes From Script to Stage a safe glimpse behind the
curtain that's cute and sometimes informative but dramatically