EMMYS COVERAGE 2013: BWW Salutes Stage & Screen Star Jane Lynch
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In anticipation of the live 65th Annual Emmy Award broadcast on CBS this Sunday, BWW will be spotlighting the Emmy nominated TV performances of some of Broadway's biggest stars. Today, we take a look at the career of Jane Lynch; though known for her work on TV and in movies, America's favorite cheer coach has a long theatre career, which brought her to Broadway for the first time earlier this year.
Jane earned her third nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy this year for playing the evil, yet loveable, Sue Sylvester on Fox's Musical Comedy, GLEE. She won in 2010, and had previously been nominated for playing Charlie Sheen's therapist on Two and a Half Men (it was a tough job, but someone has to do it). In addition, in 2011, Jane became only the third woman to ever host the Emmys solo.
In May, Jane took over the iconic role of Miss Hannigan from two-time tony-winner Katie Finneran in the revival of family-favorite ANNIE. She joined the show just in time for their performance at the Tony Awards. Though she had sung numerous times on GLEE, most viewers were blown away by her rendition of "Little Girls" on the broadcast. Check out the entire Annie performance in the videos below.
Though Jane didn't make her Broadway debut until this summer, she spent 15 years working in Chicago's renowned theatre community, including at the legendary Steppenwolf Theatre Company and as a member of the Second City comedy troupe. While with Second City, Lynch was cast as Carol in THE REAL LIVE BRADY BUNCH, which brought her to New York, and teamed her with Andy Richter.
Many Americans first became aware of Jane in Christopher Guest's 2000 dog-show mockumentary BEST IN SHOW. She has starred in two other Guest films, and memorably appeared in comedies THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN and ROLE MODELS, and recently was animated in WRECK-IT-RALPH.
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards telecast will air live coast-to-coast on Sunday, September 22nd (8 PM ET/5 PM PT) on CBS from the NOKIA Theater L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. And be sure to visit BWW TVWorld for live coverage of the 2013 Primetime EMMY AWARDS.
In the videos below, watch Lynch in the incredible ANNIE Tony Awards performance. Then, go back to 1991 and see her and Andy Richter discusss the Brady Bunch stage show. Next, see her and the cast of Guest's A MIGHTY WIND in the movie's signature song, and finally, see her talking about the creation of one of her most memorable moments on GLEE.