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Rosie O’Donnell really wanted to be Miss Hannigan in “Annie” on Broadway but it didn’t happen

Rosie O’Donnell received a Tony Award last June – but it wasn’t for her singing.

The Tony was for her Rosie’s Theater Kids program.

But she is a Broadway vet who played Golde in the Great White Way revival of Fiddler on the Roof nearly a decade ago as well as in productions of Grease and Seussical.

Still, Rosie shared with that the role she really wanted to play was Miss Hannigan in the most recent Broadway revival of Annie.

But it didn’t happen.

“I was practically begging to be Miss Hannigan in Annie,” Rosie said at the opening of The Real Thing. “I auditioned like, nine times for [director] James Lapine. But they have this really weird thing, they want you to be able to sing on key. I think it’s an unrealistic request of leading actresses, but I’m an enthusiastic singer and a lover of Broadway, so I’d love to be back anytime.”

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