The iconic theatre show ‘Annie’ is coming to the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend next week and The Enquirer recently interview one of the shows stars and villians!
Jenny Gaynor is playing Lily who is the girlfriend of Rooster Hannigan and someone whom Miss Hannigan is mean to.
Jenny has been a star on stage for many years now and her West End credits include ‘Miss Wilson’ in the original cast of “The Girls” at the Phoenix Theatre, ‘Hunyak’ in “Chicago” at the Adelphi, Cambridge and Garrick theatres and “Spamalot” at the Palace Theatre. Jenny has also appeared as ‘Lina Lamont’ in “Singin’ in the Rain” and ‘Brooke Windham’ in “Legally Blonde”, both at Kilworth House.
Jenny is 40 years old and lives in Leigh on Sea with her pooch Bailey. We asked Jenny how the tour was going? “We have been touring since Feb and its going brilliantly. It’s a really enjoyable and electric production.
“Lily is darker and more menacing in this production. She is a dynamic character with little morals. I’m playing opposite Richard Meek who is playing Rooster Miss Hannigan’s brother and we have amazing chemistry on stage. He is such a talented man.”
Jenny then went on to talk about Craig Revel Horwood who is playing Miss Hannigan. She said: “Craig is very flamboyant and is fab-u-lous. I didn’t realise that he could sing but he is actually a fantastic singer.
“He is extremely funny behind the scenes but is really scary on stage and the children are terrified. The 3 of us are the villains of the production and we have a good relationship on and off stage.
“I have also always been a big fan of Anita Dobson, who played Miss Hannigan before Craig took on the role. I have watched her since I was six and it was lovely to meet her.”
Jenny was born and bred in Leigh on Sea and attended St Bernard’s School in Westcliff. She attended The Morgan Academy of Performing Arts in Leigh on Sea during her school years, before moving to London to attend The Arts Educational School.
“I moved to London and lived there for seven years but I’ve always loved my hometown and I moved back to Leigh on Sea. I’m very close to family and friends now and to wake up by the sea every day is a blessing. It’s very easy to get into London from here.
“The last time that I was on stage at the Cliffs was 30 years ago and I played Annie! So I’m very excited to finally be back at the Cliffs Pavilion. I’ve got about 200 family member and friends coming to see the show so I can’t wait!”
“Michael Harrison and David Ian production of Annie has been wowing audiences all over the country,” finished Jenny.
Craig Revel Horwood is playing Miss Hannigan until July 6th and the last day of Annie at the moment is Stoke on Trent in November although this is subject to change.
The show is running at the Cliffs from Monday 27 May – Saturday 1 June 2019. For tickets visit www.southendtheatres.org.uk
Along with Jenny and Craig it also stars Alex Bourne as ‘Oliver Warbucks’, Richard Meek as ‘Rooster’ and Carolyn Maitland as ‘Grace Farrell’.
The title role of ‘Annie’ is shared by Faye Katsande, Ava Smith and Freya Yates. They are joined by three teams of young performers who play the girls in Miss Hannigan’s orphanage.
Completing the cast will be Michael Anderson, Thomas Audibert, Andy Barke, Caroline Bateson, Daisy Boyles, Blaise Colangelo, Gary Davis, Ashleigh Graham, George Rae, Anne Smith, India Thornton, Matt Trevorrow, Amy West and Samuel Wilson Freeman.
This production recently ran for an extended season in the West End following a sell-out tour of the UK and Ireland in 2015/16 as well as a recent sell-out season in Toronto.
Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery and torment at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage.
Determined to find her real parents, her luck changes when she is chosen to spend Christmas at the residence of famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. Spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search…
With its award-winning book and score, this stunning new production includes the unforgettable songs ‘It’s the Hard Knock Life’, ‘Easy Street’, ‘I Don’t Need Anything But You’ and ‘Tomorrow’.
“ANNIE” has Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin and a Book by Thomas Meehan.
“ANNIE” is directed by Nikolai Foster with set and costume design by Colin Richmond, choreography by Nick Winston, lighting by Ben Cracknell and sound design by Richard Brooker. “ANNIE” is produced by Michael Harrison and David Ian.