Ann to play final performance on 30 Jun 2013

Ann, a new play written and performed by Emmy Award-winning actress Holland Taylor, will play its final performance on 30 Jun 2013, nine weeks earlier than the previously announced 1 Sep 2013 closing date. When the show closes it will have played 19 previews and 132 regular performances.

Producer Bob Boyett said,

It has been an honor to work with a truly remarkable playwright and a magnificent actress to bring Ann to Broadway and, happily in this case, they are one and the same. The incomparable Holland Taylor has dedicated the last six years of her life creating and performing this beautiful play, a tribute to an indomitable American cultural hero. The impact it has had on audiences is indeed a consummate achievement and a monument to the legacy of Ann Richards. My producing partners and I could not be any more proud to have brought ANN to Broadway."
Holland Taylor, who was nominated for a 2013 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her performance, said,
Ann inspires us to live lives that would matter in our own books, lives to be remembered. Thanks to Bob Boyett and the many people who made it so for me. This will remain the shining voyage.
Ann opened on Broadway at Lincoln Center Theater's Vivian Beaumont Theater on 7 Mar 2013, following previews from 18 Feb 2013.

The show opened to mostly excellent reviews: A hopeful, vibrant evening all around (; Bright, peppy and unreflecting (NY Times); Plenty of heart, but it lacks drama (NYP); It's infectious, and we're helplessly drawn in (NY1).

Directed by Benjamin Endsley Klein, Ann is a no-holds-barred portrait of the Governor of the Lone Star State, Ann Richards. Richards dedicated her life to empowering, expanding and enriching the lives of her constituents, friends and family

Ann began as a project and quest for Taylor to understand what it was about this housewife, mother, grandmother, leader and iconic patriot that affected so many people so deeply. Writing the play became a four year journey for Taylor, crisscrossing the country, interviewing people who knew the Governor, watching countless hours of video coverage, and pouring over reams of Richards' personal and public papers at the University of Texas. In the end, her greatest resources were the family, friends, staff and colleagues of the Governor who allowed Holland to "know" Ann Richards.

The creative team features scenic design by Michael Fagin, costume design by Julie Weiss, lighting design by Matthew Richards and sound design by Ken Huncovsky.

The play is being produced on Broadway by Arielle Tepper Madover, Roger Horchow, Sally Horchow, Roger Berlind, Roy Furman, Debbie Bisno, Stacey Mindich, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Daryl Roth/Jane Bergère and Eva Price/Christina Papagjika.

Holland Taylor (Ann Richards) More production photos

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