Holland Taylor, who wrote and stars in the piece, portrays the loquacious, non-nonsense politician who was the second woman elected as the governor of the Lone-Star State. Ann opened on Broadway March 7 after playing engagements in Texas, Chicago and Washington, DC. Critics embraced the production.
Last evening, the production was also embraced by some folks who knew Richards well – in addition to Taylor's friends and colleagues. On hand at the performance were the Clintons; Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark E. Kelly; as well as Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep.
Taylor tweeted: "Proud night at ANN. President Clinton, Secy. of State Clinton Rep. Gabby Giffords -and, gasp, Meryl Streep- at show."
The evening turned slightly meta when Taylor, as Richards, engaged in a phone call with Bill Clinton who was president during the time the play is set.
Clinton, who was close to Richards, offered the following statement about the performance: "Ann Richards was very special to me. This whole thing tonight was a gift." Also in attendance were a group of ushers from the Kennedy Center, where Ann played last winter. The group took a bus to New York City from Washington, DC to surprise Taylor at the March 12 evening performance.
Taylor also tweeted: "AND a BIG group of wonderful Kennedy Center Ushers who traveled up from DC to see their own personal ANN. Joy 2nite."
Ann is currently scheduled to continue its Broadway run through June 9. Read Playbill.com's coverage of the play here.
Here's how Ann is characterized: "Holland Taylor steps into the shoes of Ann Richards, the impassioned Governor of Texas who dedicated her life to empowering, expanding and enriching the lives of her constituents, friends and family. Ann is an inspiring and hilarious new play that brings you face to face with a complex, colorful and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed. Taylor takes the audience on a journey, neither political nor a history lesson, swirling together the past and present to reunite Ann Richards with old friends and introduce her to a new generation."