“We Love You Jane Lynch” – Emmy Award Winner Set to make Broadway Debut in Annie
“We love you Miss Hannigan” just took on a whole new meaning! The 35th anniversary Broadway revival of Annie made it’s return in the Fall and has proved to be one of the few shows that continues to hold house on Broadway from the fall into the spring season. Filled with stars Anthony Warlow, Katie Finneran and a real talented group of orphans, Annie has proved itself as one of the most solid shows of the 2012-2013 season. The show currently has not set end date and has just made an announcement that may keep this revival shinning brighter then the top of the Chrysler Building for quite some time. Producers of Annie have proudly announced that this may Emmy Award Winner Jane Lynch will take over for Katie Finneran in the role of Miss Hannigan.
Annie is a musical that features music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and a book by Thomas Meehan. The musical is based after the hit comic strip, Little Orphan Annie, and opened on Broadway in 1977 to rave reviews. The musical follows one little girl (Annie) who lives in an orphanage as she works to find out who her real parents are. She does this with the help of a man who adopts her, Oliver ‘Daddy’ Warbucks, and his assistant Grace Farrell. Together, they work through triumph and tragedy to find out the truth behind Annie’s parents and discover love along the way. This revival production has received a touch up to both the book and score.
Jane Lynch is an Emmy Award winning actress known best for her role as Sue Sylvester in FOX’s Glee. She has not only appeared in a countless number of films but has also worked in television for the past decade in a variety of shows. Some shows include L.A. Law, Judging Amy, The West Wing, 7th Heaven, Desperate Housewives, Friends, Dawson’s Creek, Arrested Development, Two and a Half Men, Weeds, Boston Legal, Criminal Minds, Gilmore Girls, Psych, Monk, and Glee. Believe it or not, this will not be Lynch’s first time on stage. She acted with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company for 15 years in Chicago and was one of two women chosen to appear in The Second City comedy troupe.
Lynch will take over the role of Miss Hannigan from May 16th to July 14th at The Palace Theatre. When asked about playing the role, Lynch said;
“Some may say I know a thing or two about playing intimidating authority figures. So I am excited and honored to be making my Broadway debut with the wonderful Annie company at the Palace Theatre and joining the pantheon of women who have taken on the great and irresistible role of wicked Miss Hannigan.”
Tony Award Winner Katie Finneran will depart Annie, at a date to soon be announced, after signing on to work on a new comedy series with Michael J. Fox on NBC. When asked about departing the production, Finneran said;
“I am forever indebted to the creative team and producers of Annie. They made a dream come true for me by giving me the chance to play Miss Hannigan on Broadway. And now they have been unbelievably generous in recognizing what a unique opportunity this television series is for my family and me. I am so grateful to them for making it possible for me to begin filming the series this summer and I can’t wait to come back and see the goddess Jane Lynch bring down the house at the Palace.”
Personally, I can’t think of a better replacement for Finneran in Annie in such a high demanding role. Jane Lynch is a comical genius and her performance in her role on Glee is one of the top reasons I continue to watch that show. She is hilarious, rude, daring and doesn’t think twice about what anyone say. She will not only be a joy to watch on stage and absolutely hilarious but also bring an entire new element into this show. She is such a character you can’t help but be attracted to how real she actually is. I also do not think this is any sort of “We’re closing and need someone big to save the show” sort of deal. I genuinely believe the producers of Annie are doing something here they know will not only be succesful for the show but also be a joy for Broadway audiences and the production to experience. I absolutely plan on seeing her performance in Annie at The Palace Theatre during her time there and cannot wait.
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