The Tony-winning family musical Annie is back on Broadway, and if you’re wondering where the little orphan has been for the past 20 years, the answer is in schools and community theaters around the world—perhaps even yours! To celebrate Annie’s return to the Great White Way, Broadway.com has scrounged the web and come up with our five favorite community theater performances of the show’s touching opening number, “Maybe.” From pint-sized belters to actresses talented beyond their years, these renditions of our readers' pick for favorite Annie song are most definitely worth savoring.
Becky Gowarty, 1990
Watch out, Andrea McArdle: Becky Gowarty is coming for you! Watching Gowarty’s spunky rendition of “Maybe,” you can’t help but think of McArdle’s original Broadway take. Impressive pipes, Becky!
Danielle Freid, 2003
At age nine, mini diva Danielle mines the "Maybe" lyrics for every drop of emotion, without overacting the song. We love her strong, low voice and the dedication it took to actually dye her hair red.
Sydney Bell, 2010
Sydney Bell’s untraditional singing style makes her performance stand out—it’s almost as if she slides from note to note—as she introduces a classic to a new generation. (The song begins at the 2:13 mark.)
Quinn Martin, 2010
There is lots to love about Quinn Martin’s characterization of Annie. She finds the fun, looks adorable with those curls, then she opens her mouth to sing and...WOW! (The song begins at the 1:51 mark.)
Kyra Gomes, 2011
Get ready, Annie fans, because this nine-year-old Hawaiian has a voice so big, you’d hear it on Long Island. Gomes dominates her production's opening number, and the audience clearly loves her. Can’t wait to see what the future holds for this little belter.
To see Broadway’s Lilla Crawford tackle “Maybe,” check out Annie at Palace Theatre.