Monday, June 30, 2014

Monthly Mash-up for June, 2014: Me: Sabrina the Teenage Witch/ Mom: Annie the Musical

Me - My topic for this month is Sabrina the Teenage Witch.  There have been many different versions of the show. Most of them are cartoon versions.  I like some of them, but I prefer the live action version starring Melissa Joan Hart. It is  my favorite show other than Glee and How I Met Your Mother. It is funny and interesting, and I like the plots.I especially loved the episode Pancake Madness. In this episode, Sabrina is not supposed to eat pancakes because witches get addicted to them. However, she thinks she can handle it so she eats them anyway. Then, she gets addicted. She dreams she is in a coffee house with a talking syrup dispenser. The syrup dispenser is trying to convince her to stay there and eat pancakes the rest of her life. It was a really funny episode. Some things, however, don't make sense about the show. In the first season, her best friend was Jenny. Then all of the sudden from the second season on, her best friend was Valerie. It didn't make sense because Jenny disappeared, and they never said what happened to her. So far, I have seen about five seasons of the show, but I plan to see them all.

Mom - My topic this month is Annie not the current movie update that is coming out this holiday season, but the stage musical. Annie has a history of breaking little girls' hearts and not only the ones who have never been cast in the show. In the original production of Annie, Andrea McArdle was not originally chosen to play Annie. Kristen Vigard played Annie. She was replaced by Andrea McArdle during previews of the show because the producers felt she wasn't tough enough in the role.  In 1989, Danielle Findley was chosen after a nationwide search to play Annie in the sequel Annie 2: Miss Hannigan's revenge. At the time, she was 11 years old.  A try-out of the show in Washington suffered through many rewrites and bad reviews. At first, producers were not going to take the show to Broadway but they decided to anyway. However, Danielle Findley would no longer be playing Annie because she was considered too old for the part. She was 12. In  1996, Joanne Pacitti, who was 12 years old at the time, was chosen after a nationwide search to play Annie in a revival of the original Annie. She was fired and replaced with one of her understudies when she contracted bronchitis during previews of the show. Since, she had originally won her role in a nationwide contest sponsored by Macy's. Her parents sued Macy's on her behalf claiming that since she had won the part as the prize winner of the contest, she was entitled to her prize. The matter was settled out of court. In the 2012, revival which closed this past January, Lilla Crawford was cast as Annie. She did go on to play the part on Broadway. The director and the producers of the original Annie, its short-lived sequel and its previous revival were not involved with this production of the show.

And that's our view. What's on your mind?

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