Ap­pre­ci­a­tion for Phamaly’s pro­duc­tion of “An­nie”

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: San­dra Gor­don Pet­ti­john,

“Hard-knock life? Kids with dis­abil­i­ties in ‘An­nie’ say ‘pshaw!’ at Phamaly pro­duc­tion,” July 27 theater re­view.

So many thanks to Lisa Kennedy for her won­der­ful re­view of Phamaly’s cur­rent mu­si­cal “An­nie” and its gifted, cre­ative co-direc­tors, Re­gan Lin­ton and Steve Wil­son; along with its tal­ented, spir­ited cast act­ing — and liv­ing — with a host of dis­abil­i­ties that could well have pre­vented less-coura­geous souls from ex­press­ing them­selves, on stage or off.

There are two more ac­tors who de­serve ku­dos. One is Stew­art Tucker Lundy, whom the play’s book­let de­scribes as “a quad­ri­plegic since a div­ing ac­ci­dent in 1982.” He por­trayed the fear­less, op­ti­mistic Pres­i­dent Franklin De­lano Roo­sevelt in a wheel­chair most Amer­i­cans were un­aware he used. The other is the lovely Lucy Roucis, who has been liv­ing with young-on­set Parkin­son’s dis­ease for many years and played Roo­sevelt’s kind, thought­ful wife, Eleanor.

Play­ing a De­pres­sion-era pres­i­dent and first lady in “An­nie,” Lundy and Roucis dis­play the sort of wis­dom and com­pas­sion that truly in­spire and that one might well hope and long for in 2017.

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