Ann, Written by and Starring Holland Taylor, Will End Broadway Run June 30
By Andrew Gans
Bob Boyett and Harriet Newman Leve announced June 12 that Ann, written and performed by Emmy and Outer Critics Circle Award winner and Tony nominee Holland Taylor, will play its final Broadway performance June 30 at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater.
When it closes, the critically acclaimed one-woman show will have played 19 previews and 132 regular performances. The production began previews Feb. 18 and officially opened March 7.
“It has been an honor to work with a truly remarkable playwright and a magnificent actress to bring Ann to Broadway and, happily in this case, they are one and the same,” said producer Boyett in a statement. “The incomparable Holland Taylor has dedicated the last six years of her life creating and performing this beautiful play, a tribute to an indomitable American cultural hero. The impact it has had on audiences is indeed a consummate achievement and a monument to the legacy of Ann Richards. My producing partners and I could not be any more proud to have brought Ann to Broadway.”
“Ann inspires us to live lives that would matter in our own books, lives to be remembered,” added actress-playwright Taylor. “Thanks to Bob Boyett and the many people who made it so for me. This will remain the shining voyage.”
For her performance in Ann, Taylor received the 2013 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Solo Performance and was nominated for a 2013 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance and Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance.
Details on future productions will be announced at a later date.
The play is described as "an intimate, no-holds-barred portrait of Ann Richards, the legendary Governor of Texas. This inspiring and hilarious new play brings us face to face with a complex, colorful and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed."
Directed by Benjamin Endsley Klein, the production features scenic design by Michael Fagin, costume design by Julie Weiss, lighting design by Matthew Richards, sound design by Ken Huncovsky, projection design by Zachary Borovay and wig design by Paul Huntley.
Ann is produced by Bob Boyett and Harriet Newman Leve with co-producers Jane Dubin, Jack Thomas/Mark Johannes and Amy Danis, Sarahbeth Grossman, Jon Cryer/Lisa Joyner, Minerva Productions, Lary Brandt/Brian Dorsey, Kate Hathaway/Allison Thomas and Jennifer Isaacson in association with Lincoln Center Theater, Colleen Barrett, Nancy T. Beren, Francesca Zambello and Faith Gay, Patrick Terry/Rich Affannato, Marcy Adelman/Paula Kaminsky Davis, Campbell Spencer/ Suisman Gasparian and Bonnie Levinson/Emily Conner. It is executive produced by Kevin Bailey.
For more information visit www.theannrichardsplay.com.
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