There's nothing like a little orphan to combat a Depression.
Hollywood pushed that concept hard with Shirley Temple movies. Broadway seconded the notion with "Annie," the much-loved, much-traveled musical that is back in Baltimore, flashing enough smiles to stimulate job growth, deficit reduction and bipartisanship across the land.
OK, maybe not. But the show does provide a welcome lift. Even those who, like me, tend to flinch involuntarily at the thought of hearing "Tomorrow" belted out again by a perky 11-year-old girl may find themselves won over.
It helps that there's an authoritative stamp on the staging from show business veteran Martin Charnin,...