Following in the footsteps of luminaries like Dorothy Loudon, Nell Carter and Carol Burnett, Jane Lynch—in her Broadway debut – will play the ultimate Depression-era, child-hating, moonshine-loving orphanage matron Miss Hannigan in the revival of Annie beginning in May, according to The Wrap.
The out actress admits her Glee character, Coach Sue Sylvester, for which she’s won the Emmy and Golden Globe, may have prepped her for taking on Annie’s lovable villain.
“Some may say I know a thing or two about playing intimidating authority figures,” Lynch said, according to The Wrap. “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.”
The Broadway revival of the beloved musical is directed by James Lapine and stars Lilla Crawford as the titular character and Anthony Warlow as Daddy Warbucks. Lynch is taking over the role from Broadway vet Katie Finneran, reports The Wrap.
While Annie marks Lynch’s Broadway debut she is a theatrical vet of Chicago’s Second City and the Steppenwolf Theater Company, according to Broadway World.com.
Miss Hannigan’s musical numbers include her nasty ode to the wee charges in the orphanage “Little Girls,” “You Make Me Happy” and the terrifically smarmy “Easy Street.”
Lynch’s Broadway run will last for eight weeks only beginning May 16, so book those tickets now!