'Annie' cast can't quite pull off a musical

December 17, 2014 8:40 PM

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In the opening scene of "Annie," the camera zeroes in on a little girl in red-headed curls, enthusiastically reciting a report to her classmates on the death of President William Henry Harrison, which she punctuates with a totally inappropriate tap dance.

Her fellow students moan. She's followed by another Annie, a street savvy scrapper who wins over the room with a desktop-banging chant on, of all things, FDR's New Deal.

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