Jane Lynch will make her Broadway debut as Miss Hannigan in Annie.
She’s a veteran of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company and The Second City and will play the part for eight weeks only, from Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, July 14.
Lynch, who is currently starring on Glee, seems perfect for the part. It might actually make me curious to see the show with her in it.
“Some may say I know a thing or two about playing intimidating authority figures,” Lynch said. “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.”
Two-time Tony Award-winning actress Katie Finneran, who created the role of Miss Hannigan in the new production, will depart the production at a date to be announced, in order to begin filming a new NBC comedy series with Michael J. Fox.
“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,” said Finneran. “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.”