The Sun Will Come out Tomorrow

 I was 11 years old when the movie Annie directed by John Huston was released. I LOVED that movie. LOVED it.  I knew all of the songs, character lines, all of it. I knew it all.  Annie was 11 years old, just like me. And while I certainly wasn't living the life of an orphan, I felt like I could identify with her on many levels.

So how did I not ever know that before Annie was a movie, Annie was a Broadway play? I must have been living a hard knock life, that's for sure because up until recently, I had no idea that a play even existed. Thanks to my association with the Tampa Bay Bloggers I was giving the opportunity to come out and see the award winning musical and I was lucky enough to bring along three special little ladies.

The girls and I were all so excited!! With the exception of the previews for the 2014 release of the film version of Annie, my daughter's had no clue who Annie was. And they hadn't even seen the 2014 version. I am seriously slacking in the Annie department.

I attempted to brief them on the drive over, but all I could do was sing one song...over and over...and over. And to make matters worse, my girls thought that I made the song up.

Which song?

Just thinkin' about tomorrow
Clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow 'til there's none

When I'm stuck with a day that's grey and lonely
I just stick up my chin and grin and say, oh

The sun will come out tomorrow
So you gotta hang on
'til tomorrow, come what may!
Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow
You're always a day away!

When I'm stuck with a day that's grey and lonely
I just stick up my chin and grin and say oh

The sun will come out tomorrow
So you got to hang on 'til tomorrow, come what may!
Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you tomorrow
You're always a day away

Tomorrow, tomorrow I love ya tomorrow
You're always a day away ...

And with the girls and I fixed on the performers, when Annie began singing that song, I began to cry. Cry It has been such a challenging year so far. With Ronin's broken leg, my elbow and back injury, and just L.I.F.E. being challenging, this song really hit home for me.

But throughout the play, I kept seeing signs that even though I thought I was living a hard knock life right now, it's not nearly as bad as it could be.

It's sometimes hard to believe, but there are children in the Tampa Bay area that can not afford clothes, shoes and even food. At all Tampa performances of Annie, through Sunday, Feb. 22, donations of primary school uniforms and other children’s clothing will be accepted at the Straz Center. The drive benefits Metropolitan Ministries who serve families in need in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Polk counties. 

It was a FANTASTIC show. My little girls L.O.V.E.D. it and when I got home last night I was pleasantly surprised to see an Instagram post from Annie herself, Issie Wickle.

My daughter's now happen to think that Issie and I are friends.  And Leapin' lizards, if Instagram says we are, WE ARE!

Annie is in Tampa through Sunday, February 22nd.Performances of Annie are now - Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm and Sunday at 1pm and 6pm. Regularly priced tickets are $46-$105 and may be purchased by calling813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office or online at



Comments (3) -

  • Annie actually started as a comic strip! I saw the play as a child and didn't know there was a movie other than the newer version. I am glad that the girls had a great time.
  • Nice review! I'm so glad you had the opportunity to escape for a bit and enjoy the show with your girls. I hope they are Annie fans now too.
  • I have loved seeing so many in the #TBB community who were able to attend the show, especially with their children. It's such a classic with an awesome message for us all.
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