|Damon Kirsche croons "Your Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" as Bert Healy with Amberly Chamberlain, Amy Gillette and Melissa Mitchell as the lovely Boylan Sisters (Credit: Musical Theatre West, Ken Jacques)|
"Throughout, director Steven Glaudini's glossy-toned ensemble displays reliable expertise, whether it's always-fine Shannon Warne as Warbucks' secretary, ever-stalwart Damon Kirsche tossing off his radio host or stellar canine Mikey's outstanding Sandy. Choreographer Roger Castellano maintains cleanly executed moves, while musical director Daniel Thomas elicits Broadway-level sounds all around." —David C. Nichols, LA Times
"Annie," Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach. Ends Nov. 14. Tickets $30 to $80. (562) 856-1999 or www.musical.org
. Running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes.