JANE LYNCH in ANNIE Tonight!

frankywhitley
Chorus Member
joined:10/29/12
JANE LYNCH in ANNIE Tonight!
Posted: 5/14/13 at 10:31pm
Was at Annie tonight and Jane lynch KILLED it. Her Hannigan was amazing. and the audience was loving her!
jetts7
Leading Actor
joined:5/22/11
JANE LYNCH in ANNIE Tonight!
Posted: 5/14/13 at 10:36pm
I hope I get to see her in it!
KathyNYC2
Broadway Star
joined:12/2/10
JANE LYNCH in ANNIE Tonight!
Posted: 5/14/13 at 10:48pm
I am going tomorrow. How did the rest of the cast seem with the new addition?
disneybroadwayfan22
Broadway Legend
joined:2/10/13
JANE LYNCH in ANNIE Tonight!
Posted: 5/14/13 at 10:48pm
Lucky! I want to see her -_-
Broadway Shows: Phantom of the Opera (January 2011), Mary Poppins (January 2011), Anything Goes (August 2011, W/ Sutton Foster, Joel Grey, and Laura Osnes), The Lion King (August 2011), Godspell (June 2012, W/ Corbin Bleu), Matilda the Musical (Original Broadway Cast, May 2013), Newsies (May 2013), Cinderella (W/ Carly Rae Jepsen and Fran Drescher, May 2014), and Aladdin (OBC, May 2014). Pre-Broadway: If/Then (November 2013/World Premiere, W/ Idina Menzel, LaChanze, and Anthony Rapp). National Tours: Wicked (October 2012), Beauty & the Beast (January 2013), & Jersey Boys (November 2013)

Met Idina Menzel & Sierra Boggess (November 2013)
ucjrdude902
Broadway Legend
joined:3/11/07
JANE LYNCH in ANNIE Tonight!
Posted: 5/14/13 at 11:15pm
A friend got last minute tickets tonight and said she nailed it and the audience couldn't get enough!
bwayphreak234
Broadway Legend
joined:7/4/10
JANE LYNCH in ANNIE Tonight!
Posted: 5/14/13 at 11:43pm
Glad to hear it!
"There’s nothing quite like the power and the passion of Broadway music. "
C. C Baxter
Understudy
joined:1/2/11
JANE LYNCH in ANNIE Tonight!
Posted: 5/14/13 at 11:45pm
My friend was there and said that not only was she absolutely fantastic in the role (especially given the fact that it's her debut) but that if she had played Hannigan from the get-go, she surely would have been nominated.
frankywhitley
Chorus Member
joined:10/29/12
JANE LYNCH in ANNIE Tonight!
Posted: 5/14/13 at 11:48pm
the cast seemed overjoyed... and Im sure they are. I think Jane Lynch is exactly what this ANNIE needed. I enjoyed Katie Finnerin as well.. but I was in the minority... but I think the majority that didnt like katie will LOVE Jane.
ucjrdude902
Broadway Legend
joined:3/11/07
JANE LYNCH in ANNIE Tonight!
Posted: 5/15/13 at 12:02am
I can tell you that hearing what I'm hearing will get me to go. I was offered free tickets a month ago and passed.
broadwayguy2
Broadway Legend
joined:5/18/03
JANE LYNCH in ANNIE Tonight!
Posted: 5/15/13 at 12:17am
It was a great debut for Jane Lynch.

She was not on the cast board nor in the Playbill. She was only listed on the understudy board and there was a pre-show announcement that was met with excited cheers.

As far as Jane's performance --

She was completely confident on stage. No hesitation, no missed lines, no tentativeness whatsoever. She was completely solid on every line, aspect of staging, etc. You'd think she had been playing it for months.

I think she finds herself in a tricky position of wanting to play Hannigan, but knowing that the producers are marketing JANE LYNCH. The marquee, all the front of house art, etc is HER.. Not her as Hannigan, so you get a performance that reflects that. Her Hannigan is very much informed by her Sue Sylvester - to appeal to the ticket buyers - but she she still manages to bring something else to it as well, so I think all parties should be happy. You can tell that she has the voice to hit every note - and she does, but she doesn't attempt a Broadway belt. Her singing is very much in character and in the style of her "Hannigan", but she does open her throat and belt it out when needed. She also manages to find a few laughs new laughs - her altered delivery of "This one speaks Korean" when showing the orphans to Grace Farrell was a RIOT. The audience - particularly the gays - ate up EVERYTHING that came out of her mouth and the dynamic of the audience was notably different when she was off-stage.

All in all, a very solid debut in a flawed staging and refreshing to not see Finneran, who delivered a rehash of her "Promises, promises" performance that, sadly, came off as a third-rate interpretation of carol Burnett's Hannigan.

As a side note, Warlow is a treasure and Lilla Crawford is still a stand-out Annie - it's a shame Lapine forced that ridiculously awkward Brooklyn accent on all of the kids. She should be up for a Tony or an honor... not the Matilda girls, sorry. The direction of Lily St Regis taken in this production is still every bit of offensive at it was in previews.
Candleshoe2
Broadway Star
joined:8/16/04
JANE LYNCH in ANNIE Tonight!
Posted: 5/15/13 at 12:22am
I was there tonight as well, and thought for her first performance, she was pretty great. The audience really loved her, and I know that she will only get stronger as the run progresses. I would recommend visiting/re-visiting the show for her . . . still not a huge fan of the overall production though.

Updated On: 5/15/13 at 12:22 AM
bwayphreak234
Broadway Legend
joined:7/4/10
JANE LYNCH in ANNIE Tonight!
Posted: 5/15/13 at 12:27am
How big of an entrance applause did she get when she opened the door at the top of the staircase and yelled that famous first line, “Ah-ha, caught ya!”?
"There’s nothing quite like the power and the passion of Broadway music. "
broadwayguy2
Broadway Legend
joined:5/18/03
JANE LYNCH in ANNIE Tonight!
Posted: 5/15/13 at 12:35am
Well, she had to hold and say it twice.
For better or worse, because of the awkward set design and her towering height, her entrance isn't as "grand" as it could be. If you know to expect it, you see the top of her head through the window as she climbs the escape stair to get in position and she actually has to duck to get through both doors AND the arch underpass beneath the stairs in the orphanage.
CurtainPullDowner
Broadway Legend
joined:11/4/04
JANE LYNCH in ANNIE Tonight!
Posted: 5/15/13 at 12:48am
I had a good feeling about this. glad to hear she was prepared, unlike one of her GLEE co-stars.
Sometimes type-casting pays off.
McBroadway2
Swing
joined:5/8/13
JANE LYNCH in ANNIE Tonight!
Posted: 5/15/13 at 01:02am
I am seeing the show next Wednesday and I was looking forward to seeing Jane but now after reading these comments I am even more excited! I am glad she did such a great job!
broadwayguy2
Broadway Legend
joined:5/18/03
JANE LYNCH in ANNIE Tonight!
Posted: 5/15/13 at 01:18am
CurtainPullDowner,
No matter what any person may think of her interpretation of Hannigan of vocal prowess, NO ONE can walk out of that theatre and think she is sleepwalking through the show or "slumming it on Broadway". Every line was letter perfect, every note was hit, every step was 100% accurate and made with complete and utter confidence. The woman was/is an absolute pro.

For those interested, No "to-do" was made at curtain call about her first night. I can only hope that as she took her bow, the cast applauded and as the curtain fell, she was able to walk off that stage happy with a job well done and knowing that she she seemed more solid and confident in her material than just about any actor I've seen on their first night as a replacement for a leading role.
bwayphreak234
Broadway Legend
joined:7/4/10
JANE LYNCH in ANNIE Tonight!
Posted: 5/15/13 at 01:29am
Any word/predictions on who will replace Lynch if the show stays open after she departs?
"There’s nothing quite like the power and the passion of Broadway music. "
broadwayguy2
Broadway Legend
joined:5/18/03
JANE LYNCH in ANNIE Tonight!
Posted: 5/15/13 at 01:35am
Michele Bachmann.
bwayphreak234
Broadway Legend
joined:7/4/10
JANE LYNCH in ANNIE Tonight!
Posted: 5/15/13 at 01:37am
^ I know this revival put a new spin on Miss Hannigan, but making her something out of a horror movie is taking it too far...
"There’s nothing quite like the power and the passion of Broadway music. "
CurtainPullDowner
Broadway Legend
joined:11/4/04
JANE LYNCH in ANNIE Tonight!
Posted: 5/15/13 at 02:29am
bwayguy, great observations.
gstrus2
Broadway Star
joined:5/27/12
JANE LYNCH in ANNIE Tonight!
Posted: 5/15/13 at 06:10am
Anyone know if she came out the stagedoor yesterday?
KathyNYC2
Broadway Star
joined:12/2/10
JANE LYNCH in ANNIE Tonight!
Posted: 5/15/13 at 07:01am
Yes she did. Someone posted on Twitter thanking Jane for posing for pics with her family after the show...and then posted the photo.

"As a side note, Warlow is a treasure and Lilla Crawford is still a stand-out Annie - it's a shame Lapine forced that ridiculously awkward Brooklyn accent on all of the kids. She should be up for a Tony or an honor... not the Matilda girls, sorry. The direction of Lily St Regis taken in this production is still every bit of offensive at it was in previews."....

Amen to that.



Updated On: 5/15/13 at 07:01 AM
newintown
Broadway Legend
joined:3/3/10
JANE LYNCH in ANNIE Tonight!
Posted: 5/15/13 at 09:57am
"...her altered delivery of "This one speaks Korean" when showing the orphans to Grace Farrell was a RIOT."

Is this line new to this production? I don't recall ever hearing it before.
jetts7
Leading Actor
joined:5/22/11
JANE LYNCH in ANNIE Tonight!
Posted: 5/15/13 at 10:21am
I need to go back and see her in it now!
dreaming
Broadway Legend
joined:4/24/09
JANE LYNCH in ANNIE Tonight!
Posted: 5/15/13 at 10:46am
Did anyone do the lotto last night? (I'm wondering how busy it might be now, although no one knew last night, so I suppose we won't be able to tell until later this week.)
Mattbrain
Broadway Legend
joined:11/23/05
JANE LYNCH in ANNIE Tonight!
Posted: 5/15/13 at 10:54am
""...her altered delivery of "This one speaks Korean" when showing the orphans to Grace Farrell was a RIOT."

Is this line new to this production? I don't recall ever hearing it before."

Yes it is. It's in reference to Junah Jang's character.

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