Two-time Tony winner Katie Finneran is tapping into her nasty side as she preps to play evil orphange owner Miss Hannigan in the upcoming Broadway revival of Annie. "It's so much fun to be mean," Finneran told New York magazine. "Everybody feels mean every day.'
Staying true to her character, Finneran's mean streak prevails when it comes to her co-star, 11-year-old Lilla Crawford, who will play the show's title role. Dorothy Loudon, who originated the role of Miss Hannigan, beat out Andrea McArdle for a Tony Award in 1977, and Finneran is ready to throw down should she find herself competing against Crawford in the same Tony category come awards season. "That little girl's going down!" Finneran joked.
While Miss Hannigan may despise children, Finneran is enjoying her own time as a mother. The actress and her husband, actor Darren Goldstein, recently welcomed a second baby boy to their family. "I know where to find the time," Finneran said of balancing mommy duties and her current rehearsal schedule.
Annie, directed by James Lapine, begins previews October 3 at the Palace Theatre, with opening night set for November 8.