Emmy-winning Jane Lynch will make her Broadway debut when she takes over the role of Miss Hannigan in the revival of Annie during May 16 to July 14.
Similar to Lynch’s delightfully devilish Sue Sylvester on Fox’s Glee, Miss Hannigan also despises children but is forced to spend the majority of her time with young girls due to her occupation as supervisor of the Municipal Girls Orphanage. Both characters also frequently break out in song.
According Playbill, Lynch released this statement about her upcoming role: “Some may say I know a thing or two about playing intimidating authority figures. So I am excited and honored to be making my Broadway debut with the wonderful Annie company at the Palace Theatre and joining the pantheon of women who have taken on the great and irresistible role of wicked Miss Hannigan.”
Lynch will be replacing Tony-winning actress Katie Finneran, who originated the role in the most recent adaptation. Finneran is leaving the production in order to film an NBC comedy series with Michael J. Fox.
Though she has performed several times live at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company and The Second City, Annie will be Lynch’s first appearance on a Broadway stage. Featuring the classic hits “Tomorrow” and “Hard Knock Life,” the revival of Annie currently stars 11-year-old Lilla Crawford as the famous red-head.