PLAYBILL PICKS REVISITED: A Dozen Actresses We'd Like to See Play Miss Hannigan in the Broadway Revival of Annie
24 Feb 2013
Photo by Martha Swope
With the recent announcement that Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Lynch, known for playing a bullying cheer coach on TV's "Glee," will take over the role of orphanage matron Miss Hannigan in Broadway's Annie May 16-July 14, we offer a look back at our February 2012 feature suggesting a few of the actresses we'd like to see take on the role of Miss Hannigan, the part created to Tony-winning effect by the late Dorothy Loudon in the original 1977 production. (Okay, so we completely overlooked two-time Tony winner Katie Finneran, who won the role, but we did suggest Lynch!)
Here, in no particular order, are the baker's dozen of multi-talented performers we initially suggested for the role of the lovably evil orphanage matron. (The revival, directed by Tony Award winner James Lapine, plays the Palace Theatre.)
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