THE SCREENING ROOM: We Love You, Miss Hannigan! Remembering Tony Winner Dorothy Loudon (Video)
17 Sep 2012
Sept. 17, 2012, would have marked Tony Award winner Dorothy Loudon's 79th birthday. In celebration of the Broadway comic genius, we look back at Loudon's career with a handful of favorite performances.
Loudon originated the role of villainous Miss Hannigan in the 1977 Tony Award-winning musical Annie — a show headed back to Broadway this season with two-time Tony winner Katie Finneran as the evil orphanage supervisor. Loudon took home the prize for Best Actress in a Musical at the 31st annual Tonys.
Her other Broadway credits included Tony-nominated turns in Ballroom and The Fig Leaves are Falling as well as Nowhere to Go But Up, Noël Coward's Sweet Potato, Three Men on a Horse, The Women, Sweeney Todd, The West Side Waltz, Noises Off, Jerry's Girls, Comedy Tonight and Dinner at Eight.
At the 1977 Tony Awards, Loudon was joined by Annie co-stars Robert Fitch, who played her brother Rooster, and Barbara Erwin, who played Lily St. Regis, for a performance of "Easy Street." The Tony performance concluded with Annie's signature song, "Tomorrow," featuring Andrea McArdle and the company.
Set in the magical world of La Belle Epoque Paris, where fashion, glamour, and passion prevail, Lerner and Loewe's celebrated musical is a romantic comedy about one young woman's journey to find her true self... and her true love.