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Five CCM alumni on Broadway working in 'Annie' revival

Faith Prince and four more CCM grads all in same show at the same time

by Deborah Rieselman

Until Jan. 5, 2014, Broadway audiences have a chance to catch four UC alumnae in a Tony-nominated musical — the revival of “Annie” — plus one more if you wait at the back stage door to meet him after the show. The biggest name of the group is Faith Prince, CCM ’79, HonDoc ’09, who co-stars as Miss Hannigan, the alcoholic matron at the orphange. She joined the show at the Palace Theatre in the summer (2013).

Also joining the show this year were Justin Patterson, CCM ’99, who plays F.D.R.; Kirsten Wyatt, CCM ’97, who plays Lily St. Regis; Danette Holden, CCM ’96, part of the ensemble and an understudy for Faith Prince; and Derric Nolte, CCM ’11, assistant stage manager.

Prince won a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award in 1992 for playing Miss Adelaide in “Guys and Dolls.” She has been nominated for the same awards for other shows, as well. Also on Broadway, she played Ursula in “The Littlle Mermaid,” Anna in “The King and I” and Aggie in “A Catered Affair.”

Last holiday season, Wyatt was on Broadway in “A Christmas Story: The Musical.” Previous Broadway shows included “Elf,” “Shrek” and “Grease.”

Patterson was previously in “Young Frankenstein,” “9 to 5,” A Little Night Music” and “Memphis.”

The current revival of “Annie” was nominated for a Tony for Best Revival of a Musical. The show is expected to run through Jan. 5, 2014, after which a national tour will be launched.