Annie's humor and dialogue may be dated, but its message of optimism and hope remains appealing to adults as well as kids.
The beloved musical, currently in rehearsal to reopen on Broadway, meets the challenges of an in-the-round production near Los Angeles.
This good revival features a smashing young girl, Melody Hollis, in the lead at the Carpenter Center in Long Beach.
Annie will be remembered fondly by children and adults and even senior citizens like my Dad who was a child when he first read the comic strip.
Whether it's hard rock and dance pop or alternative rock and hip-hop, 2009 was a damn good year for music.