Jane Lynch Broadway Debut; 'Glee' Actress to Star in 'Annie' Summer Revival
Actress Jane Lynch announced Wednesday that she signed on to play villainess Miss Hannigan for the summer run of Broadway's hit musical Annie.
The 52-year-old "Glee" star released a statement where she addressed her excitement over her addition to the Broadway cast, according to CNN.
"Some may say I know a thing or two about playing intimidating authority figures," Lynch said about her role as the outrageous cheer coach Sue Sylvester on FOX's award winning comedy show. "So I am excited and honored to be making my Broadway debut ... and joining the pantheon of women who have taken on the great and irresistible role of wicked Miss Hannigan."
Lynch will star with Lilla Crawford in the titular role of Annie and Anthony Warlow as Daddy Warbucks, according to The Associated Press.
Lynch will replace two time Tony Award-winner Katie Finneran as the orphanage matron in the hit Broadway revival at the Palace Theatre starting on May 16 through July 14. Finneran will depart the production at an unannounced date to film a television comedy series with Michael J. Fox on NBC.
Finneran also released a statement that thanked the producers and creative team for allowing her the chance to pursue the upcoming television series.
"I am so grateful to them for making it possible for me to begin filming the series this summer and I can't wait to come back and see the goddess Jane Lynch bring down the house at the Palace," Finneran said, according to PlayBill.
This may be Lynch's Broadway debut, but she is no stranger to theater.
Lynch is a veteran of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company and The Second City.
She is best known for her role on Glee in which she earned an Emmy and Golden Globe. Her film credits include Wreck-It Ralph, Three Stooges, and The 40 Year old Virgin.