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An Unabashedly Heart-Warming Revival Provides Fine Debut For Davie’s Issie Swickle As Annie
Why see Annie yet once again? First is director Martin Charnin has banished the saccharine overkill and played the remaining cuteness and heart-tugging moments against a grimy, downtrodden Depression that should resonate today. Second, savor the national bow of Davie’s Issie Swickle as she nails the title role with thechops of someone a lot older than her nine years.
Elf The Musical Is Sweeter Family Fare Than The Film
If you’re suffering from the holiday blues, Elf isn’t going to pull you out of it. But if you can pry open your sugar-clogged aorta a smidge, this sweet peppy musical may generate a warm afterglow as Santa’s sleigh twinkles out of sight. But the tone is different than the 2003 film whose pre-sold title and basic premise the producers hope to cash in on.