The Playbill Vault Remembers Tony Award Winner Dorothy Loudon

By Megan Dekic
15 Nov 2013

Loudon achieved great success when she starred as Miss Hannigan in the original Annie, which opened on Apr. 21, 1977, at the Alvin Theatre (now the Neil Simon Theatre). She won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical that year, beating out 13-year-old co-star Andrea McArdle, who played the title role.

Critics loved the show and praised Loudon's performance. In his New York Times review, Clive Barnes wrote: "As the wicked Miss Hannigan, Dorothy Loudon, eyes bulging with envy, face sagging with hatred, is deliciously and deliriously horrid. She never puts a sneer, a leer or even a scream in the wrong place, and her singing has just the right brassy bounce to it."

Read the Annie Playbill in the Vault.