After watching the cast of “Annie” perform on “Katie,” Ghada Vanderpool was reminded of her own Broadway dreams. She shares why she can’t wait to see the new show and how she plans to get on stage, one way or another!
Being in the audience at Katie and watching a sneak peek of the newest production of “Annie” on Broadway has reignited my desire to be on stage. I have always been a musical person. For as far back as I can remember, I’ve always had a tune in my head and I often have the urge to break into dance. When I was younger, my sister called me “The Human Jukebox,” simply because I instantly knew the words to every song I heard. And heck, if it had a music video, then I knew the dance steps too!
I never got the chance to see “Annie” on Broadway, but I did see the 1982 movie version. Wow, I was in awe. It is the only production that I can think of that had a largely child cast who were talented singers and dancers. Could I be Annie one day? Okay, the red hair would be a stretch, but didn’t I have the dance moves and the chops to one day take the stage with a bunch of other cute kids singing my heart out, smiling at the audience through a choreographed number of ‘Tomorrow?”
I’ve yet to have my musical debut on stage. The closest I’ve come to being called a talented performer was a skit I nailed in high school, an extra role on Xena Warrior Princess, and most recently, my five star achievements in the living room while playing Just Dance 3 on my Wii.
If I’m gonna live vicariously through my daughter, might as well make her go for gold and audition for Annie, right?
My new goal is to star in an Off-Off-Off Broadway production of “Annie” as Miss Hannigan, as opposed to little orphan Annie. It’s not the starring role, but I’m not knocking it seeing as this newest incarnation of the horrible orphanage owner is a sexier, leggier version. The new down on her luck ex-cabaret Miss Hannigan, played by Katie Finneran, is someone I’m sure I could channel on stage.
The new cast of orphans is equally as impressive. This sparkly ensemble of smiley little girls did such an entertaining and comedic rendition of “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” that they made me wonder if one day I’ll be supporting my little girl, Miss Isla, as she auditions for the part of little orphan scamp Kate. Oh heck, if I’m gonna live vicariously through my daughter, might as well make her go for gold and audition for Annie, right?
I’m getting ahead of myself seeing as she is just three days shy of turning one-year-old, but I can dream, can’t I? In the meantime, I’m going to pull out all stops to get tickets for my son and me to see “Annie” on Broadway. He’s now “The Human Jukebox” of the house, so he is my logical date for an evening of musical theater. If I don’t make it on stage soon, he is definitely my best bet for Broadway stardom. Now there’s a departure from the original Annie recipe-cast a boy!