The upcoming revival of Annie secures its Miss Hannigan. Katie Finneran will play the tyrannical head of the orphanage. The musical, which will be directed by James Lapine, will begin preview performances at the Palace Theatre on October 3, with opening night set for November 8.
“Miss Hannigan is one of the great musical roles and I cannot wait to play her, in all her deliciously evil glory,” Finneran said in a statement. “I played Hannigan in my parents’ living room when I was eight years old and the chance to play her in this new Broadway production is a dream come true.”
Katie Finneran received Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance in the recent Broadway revival of Promises, Promies, as well as Tony, Drama Desk and Out Critics Circle Awards for performance in the Broadway revival of Noises Off. She was last seen on stage in the New York Philharmonic’s production of Company. Her previous Broadway credits include Mauritius, Cabaret, The Iceman Cometh, Neil Simon’s Proposals, The Heiress, In the Summer House, My Favorite Year, Two Shakespearean Actors and On Borrowed Time.
Off- Broadway, she has appeared in Love, Loss and What I Wore, You Never Can Tell, Pig Farm, Arms and the Man, Bosoms and Neglect, A Fair Country, Edith Stein and the Encores! production of Li’l Abner. Finneran made her London debut in the West End production of Fuddy Meers. She has appeared regionally at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Bay Street Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Ahmanson Theatre, and Hartford Stage.
On television, Finneran starred this past season on Fox’s series “I Hate My Teenage Daughter.” Her previous television appearances include her roles on “The Inside,” “Wonderfalls,” “Bram and Alice,” “Frasier” and “Oz.” Her film appearances include Baby on Board, Broken Bridges, Firehouse Dog, Miss Congeniality 2, Bewitched, You’ve Got Mail, Liberty Heights, Night of the Living Dead and the recently released film version of the New York Philharmonic’s Company.