Jane Lynch on Her New York Cabaret Performances and How ‘Glee’ Was Her “Game Changer”

jane-lynch-54-belowOne year ago Jane Lynch was in the middle of her eight week run of playing Miss Hannigan in Broadway’s Annie. It was Lynch’s long-awaited Broadway debut in a career that stretches back to the early 1980s. However, audiences didn’t have to wait that long to see Lynch back on a New York stage. On June 18, Lynch began a four night stand of cabaret performances at 54 Below, a New York City venue that is housed in the basement of the former Studio 54. Lynch spoke to the Associated Press about why she decided to do the performances and why she has Glee to thank for her musical theater success.

Lynch admits that unlike most cabaret performances her shows don’t have any kind of overarching theme. She explains, “It’s just a bunch of songs that I like to sing, hopefully some engaging patter, and I hope everybody has a good time and I’m not holding people hostage.”

She also says that doing cabaret performance is a natural extension of ignoring all of her instincts when it comes to musical theater. She points out, “I didn’t have any conscious plans to do Broadway but I always wanted to. So when I got the Annie gig, everything in me screamed ‘No!’ but of course I said, ‘Yes.’ I was so happy I did it and I got the bug back. I saw (Glee co-star) Matt Morrison perform here and I said to myself, ‘Self, this would be fun for you, Jane.’ And then I got the call: Would you like four days? Everything inside of me screamed ‘No!’ but I said, ‘Yes.’”

Of course, Lynch rightly credits Glee for bringing her career to a new level. She says in reflection, “It was a total game-changer. They would not have asked me to do Annie if I weren’t on Glee. At the time I was kind of known for the Christopher Guest movies. I was enjoying my career. I was happy doing guest spots here and there. But this really upped it.”

For tickets to 54 Below, click here

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Latest Videos

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/sir-ben-kingsley-talks-about-the.jpg
Sir Ben Kingsley Talks about the Unique Way He Voiced His Character in the Animated Film, ‘The Boxtrolls’ (video)
I could listen to Sir Ben Kingsley talk about acting and.. well, I could listen to him talk about anything. He’s starring in the new Laika stop-motion animated film, The Boxtrolls, and he and some of the cast (along with the director) joined in on a Comic-Con panel about the film. The Boxtrolls is about [...]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/bill-hader.jpg
Bill Hader: “I kind of fell into acting” (video)
Bill Hader, starring in the soon to be released The Skeleton Twins, talks about the film and how he fell into acting and then got “crazy lucky” in this quick video from USA Today.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/director-john-carney-narrates-a.jpg
Director John Carney Narrates a Scene from ‘Begin Again’ Starring Kiera Knightley and Mark Ruffalo
Director John Carney (Once) narrates a scene from his new film, Begin Again. Starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo, the scene shows the first time the two characters meet. I haven’t seen it yet but I’ve heard it’s great.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/holler-if-you-hear-me-gma.jpg
Watch the Cast of Broadway’s ‘Holler If You Hear Me’ Perform ‘California Love’ on GMA
The cast of Broadway’s newest musical, Holler If You Hear Me with music from Tupac Shakur, performed on Good Morning America this morning. Singing ‘California Love’, the cast (including the teriffic Christopher Jackson – read our interview here), show why they’re the most energetic and inspiring group of actors on Broadway. Holler If Ya Hear [...]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/behind-the-scenes-of-dawn-of-the.jpg
Behind the Scenes of ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ with Performance Capture Actor Terry Notary
Actor Terry Notary is 1 of 5 actors playing the apes in the new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. “When you see armies of apes,” he says, that’s “five of us.” Check out the video where you can watch his performance capture work.