Emmy winner and Broadway veteran Holland Taylor of CBS’s Two and a Half Men and Legally Blonde is returning to the theater with her upcoming passion project, Ann.
The play, written and performed by Taylor and directed by Benjamin Endsley Klein, will begin preview performances at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65th Street) in advance of a March 7 opening.
Taylor began doing research for the two-act, one-woman play in 2009, delving into the life of Democratic politician, Ann Richards, who worked as a teacher before she served as the 45th Governor of Texas from 1991 to 1995, until she was defeated for re-election by George W. Bush. Richards has been described as tough as nails and funny as hell; she once warned a group of Girl Scouts to beware of “Prince Charming on a motorcycle with a beer gut and a wandering eye.” Richards fought for equal rights, reformed the prison system in Texas, and revitalized the economy. Who better to portray this colorful character on stage than former Bosom Buddies star Holland Taylor, known for her portrayals of caustic, smart and independent women?
Ann takes a lighthearted and loving look at the charismatic woman who enriched the lives of her constituents, friends and family before succumbing to esophageal cancer in 2006. “My artistic journey with Ann has been the soulful ride of a lifetime,” says Taylor.
With Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari starring in Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy in April, all three veterans of Bosom Buddies will be performing on Broadway at the same time.