Emmy Award-Winning “Glee” Star Jane Lynch to Make Broadway Debut as Miss Hannigan in ANNIE

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jane_lynchEmmy Award-winning actress Jane Lynch, who stars in the hit FOX television show “Glee” as ruthless cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, will take on another great tyrannical role as evil orphanage matron Miss Hannigan in the new Broadway production of Annie at the Palace Theatre.  Lynch, a stage veteran of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company and The Second City, will be making her Broadway debut.  She will play Miss Hannigan for eight weeks only, from Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, July 14.

Two-time Tony Award-winning actress Katie Finneran, who created the role of Miss Hannigan in the new production of Annie, will depart the production at a date to be announced, in order to begin filming a new NBC comedy series with Michael J. Fox.

“Some may say I know a thing or two about playing intimidating authority figures,” Jane Lynch said.  “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.”

Jane Lynch’s theatrical credits include The Second City, Steppenwolf Theatre and many church basements throughout the Chicagoland area.  Recent film credits include A.C.O.DThree Stooges, Wreck-It Ralph, Julie & Julia, Shrek Forever After, The Post Grad Survival Guide, Paul and Brownie Masters. Past film work includes Christopher Guest’s For Your Consideration, Talladega NightsThe 40 Year old Virgin, Alan Cumming’s Suffering Man’s Charity and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Lynch currently stars in the Ryan Murphy television series “Glee” on FOX for which she is an Emmy and Golden Globe winner for portraying the iconic television character, Sue Sylvester. She has recurring roles on “Two and a Half Men,” “Criminal Minds” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine”.  Jane’s play Oh Sister, My Sister! had runs at the Tamarind Theatre and Bang Theater, garnering the LA Weekly Comedy Ensemble of the Year Award.  Jane also authored the autobiography Happy Accidents, which topped several national best sellers list, including the New York Times and Los Angeles Times.