Who initially starred as Miss Hannigan in the 1997 “20th Anniversary” revival of the musical that had run for nearly six years at the Alvin Theatre?
In the mid-1990s, Carter appeared on Broadway in a revival of Annie as Miss Hannigan. She was upset when commercials promoting the show used a different actress, Marcia Lewis, a white actress, as Miss Hannigan.
The producers stated that the commercials, which were made during an earlier production, were too costly to reshoot. Carter said racism played a part in the decision. “Maybe they don’t want audiences to know Nell Carter is black”, she told the New York Post. “It hurts a lot”, Carter told the Post, “I’ve asked them nicely to stop it—it’s insulting to me as a black woman.” Carter was later replaced by Sally Struthers