One of the earliest musicals I remember is the 1982 film version of Annie. It was a regular rental from the video store, and "Tomorrow" was a common bedtime song from my mom. It is more strongly attached to my childhood than any other song or show. The song is about hope, and no matter our age, we can all use a little.
For most of my life, I knew only the film version until 1999 when the made-for-tv Disney version came to ABC. Fun cast - Victor Garber, Kathy Bates, Audra McDonald, Alan Cumming, and Kristin Chenoweth - but wow the show was different. Thanks to the internet, I finally found the differences between the stage and screen adaptation.
For me, nothing beats the 1982 movie. Carol Burnett as drunk Miss Hannigan is enough to forever be in love. I still break into "Little Girls" out of nowhere, even in public - usually while in a similar state as Hannigan in much of the film. Kathy Bates was just too sober - damn Disney.
But what brought "Tomorrow" to my mind this week was oddly a dream involving the scene from the movie where Annie brings together President Roosevelt and Daddy Warbucks to get past their partisan differences and support social and economic change - represented by a warm and fuzzy dose of musical optimism. Recast the rolls with Obama and Mitt, throw in a random redhead and you have my dream version and now hopeful prediction of what the second Presidential debate could be. You know you want to see it.
This song has been covered and parodied by so many people that I limited myself to actual productions, and one parody at the end. I could not find a full clip of the "Tomorrow" scene from the 1982 movie - so if you can find it, please post a link in the comments. If I missed anyone important, let me know in the comments. Who did it best?
Let the sing-off begin after the break.