NBC is returning to live musicals, and they are beginning to fill out the cast for Annie Live!, which will air on Dec. 2.
While a nationwide search is on for Annie, Taraji P. Henson has been tapped to star as Miss Hannigan, Shadow and Act has confirmed.
“When we decided to bring back NBC’s holiday musical tradition, we were looking for something that was critically acclaimed and universally beloved – and while that’s definitely the case with ‘Annie,’ it absolutely applies to Taraji as well,” said Susan Rovner, Chairman, Entertainment Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “Watching her take on this iconic role will be a thrill that has all the makings of must-watch television.”
Henson added, “Carol Burnett, who brought Miss Hannigan to life in the classic 1982 movie, is someone I have studied and idolized as far back as I can remember. So when the opportunity came to me to join NBC and this incredible group of producers, I jumped! Carol, I hope to do you proud!”
As NBC states, "The search is on for a young, future star of any ethnicity to bring optimism, spunk, honesty and a wisdom beyond their years to the classic role." Virtual auditions will take place. Learn more at https://castittalent.com/Annie_Live. Rehearsals will be in October and November 2021 in New York City.
The musical will be executive produced by Robert Greenblatt, Neil Meron, and Alex Rudzinsky, with Lear deBessonet and Alex Rudzinski directing. Choreography will be led by Sergio Trujillo. Paul Tazewell is the costume designer and Jason Sherwood will orchestrate production design. Stephen Oremus will oversee the music direction. The live event produced by Chloe Productions.