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  • Jeffrey Kare
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    Hannah Waddingham is someone who made a name for herself as a musical theatre performer in London’s West End. She earned three Laurence Olivier Award nominations for her performances as The Lady of the Lake in Spamalot, Desirée Armfeldt in A Little Night Music, and Lilli Vanessi/Katharine in Kiss Me, Kate. She also got to play a factory worker during the ‘At the End of the Day’ sequence in the 2012 Academy Award-winning film adaptation of Les Misérables. Although more recently, she has become widely known for her role as Rebbeca Welton on the Apple TV+ series, Ted Lasso, which just won her a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

    To date, Hannah Waddingham has only appeared on Broadway once back in 2008 when she took over for Marin Mazzie as The Lady of the Lake in Spamalot, reprising her role from the West End production. If Hannah were to return to the main stem someday, that would obviously be a big deal given all the newfound fame she has gotten since then. However, I’d like to hear from those reading this their opinions as to what roles they’d like to see her play.

    For me, I think she’d be a great choice for the title character in a revival of Mame. That is a show that hasn’t been on Broadway in decades. Someone even suggested to Roundabout Theatre Company about producing it in a future season. They responded to that with: “A great show that is overdue for revival. Again, who would you cast in those iconic leading roles? It’s hard to follow Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur!” I’ve seen several people suggesting Kristin Chenoweth or Jane Krakowski for Mame Dennis with Bebe Neuwirth as Vera Charles. Although I think now that Hannah Waddingham is a bit of a celebrity, she should be considered too.

    So if Hannah Waddingham were to return to Broadway, what role(s) would you love to see her play?

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    Juanald02
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    I agree that Hannah would be an amazing Mame. I know she’s already played Desiree but i’d love to see her on Broadway in a revival of A Little Night Music; she’d kill the role again and it would be a great return to the great white way.

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    wolfali
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    I think she mentioned in an interview that she’d like to do Miss Hannigan in a revival of Annie at one point and that just sounds perfect.

    FYC: Better Call Saul and The Good Fight in all categories including Bob Odenkirk, Christine Baranski and Rhea Seehorn.

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    Manav
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    If Hannah Waddingham came back to Broadway, she’d be much more sought after and the coverage for her will be more extensive. She’ll get the recognition she deserves.

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    adamunc
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    She’d be a sexy Mrs. Lovett! And we know she’d nail the comedy.

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    vinny
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    So I’m gonna throw this out there BUT what about Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker. I know this play is one that Hasn’t been on broadway since the 60s or late 50s

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    So I’m gonna throw this out there, BUT what about Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker? I know this play is one that hasn’t been on Broadway since the 60s or late 50s.

    The Miracle Worker actually has been revived on Broadway once back in 2010. It starred Alison Pill & Abigail Breslin, featured Katrina Lenk in her main stem debut as an understudy, and was a huge flop.

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    I’d love to see her in a production of Into The Woods. I’m torn between whether I want to see her as the Baker’s Wife or the Witch, because I honestly think she would be fantastic in both roles.

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    I’d love to see her in a production of Into The Woods. I’m torn between whether I want to see her as the Baker’s Wife or the Witch, because I honestly think she would be fantastic in both roles.

    She actually did play The Witch in a production of Into the Woods at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre back in 2010. It was recorded in its entirety, and is available to download as well as watch from Digital Theatre. That same production was the one that was presented at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park in 2012 with Denis O’Hare, Amy Adams, Donna Murphy, Jessie Mueller, Gideon Glick, and Chip Zien.

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