Annie is one of those musicals whose songs everyone seems to know by heart — almost by heart. You'll catch yourself singing "Tomorrow" in the shower and then realize that you can remember only the chorus. Tonight offers the perfect chance to learn the rest of the words while escaping the hard-knock life of the holiday season. Hit the Music Hall (301 West 13th Street) at 7:30 p.m. for the opening night of the classic based on the Little Orphan Annie comic strip. Cartoonist Harold Gray's themes of plucky, can-do gumption amid economic despair are appropriate once again. Annie won the Tony Award for Best Musical way back in the day and features a dozen songs you're certain to be humming for weeks. Tickets start at $25. Call 816-931-3330.
Tue., Dec. 30, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., Jan. 1, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Jan. 2, 2 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 3, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 4, 2 & 7:30 p.m., 2008