For many of us, including me, ANNIE was our first musical theater experience. My parents had exposed me to movie musicals like THE SOUND OF MUSIC, THE WIZARD OF OZ, and MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, but it wasn’t until my Aunt Martha introduced me to the original Broadway cast recording of ANNIE, that I became obsessed with the theater. This month, a whole new generation of kids will have the opportunity to fall in love with ANNIE when the current North Carolina Theatre production, directed by Eric Woodall, opens at the Duke Energy Center July 23rd. This production stars Tony Award-winner Karen Ziemba as Miss Hannigan, who talks to me about music, dance, her first Broadway show, A CHORUS LINE, and of course, ANNIE.
About the Guest
Karen received the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award for her performance in CONTACT at Lincoln Center Theatre. For some of her other NYC and regional appearances, she’s garnered three Tony Award nominations, the Drama Desk, the Outer Critics Circle, the Bay Area Theatre Critics, and Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Awards. Select theatre credits: PRINCE OF BROADWAY, STEL PIER, CURTAINS, CRAZY FOR YOU, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, NEVER GONNA DANCE, AND THE WORLD GOES ROUND, KID VICTORY, 110 IN THE SHADE, DO I HEAR A WALTZ, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, GYPSY, SWEENEY TODD, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, OTHER PEOPLES MONEY, SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS and BROADWAY BOUND. TV: MADAM SECRETARY, ELEMENTARY, THE GOOD WIFE, LAW AND ORDER, THE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS, and PBS GREAT PERFORMANCES.
Musical excerpts used in this episode are from the 2010 North Carolina Theatre production of ANNIE, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin.
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