TARAJI P. HENSON WALKS ON FRESTS AND WILL STRAIGHTEN CURLS AS MISS HANNIGAN IN NBC’S HOLIDAY MUSIC ‘ANNIE LIVE!’
NATIONAL RESEARCH FOR THE RLE TITLE OF ANNIE BEGINS
The musical event comes to life on Thursday December 2
UNIVERSAL CITY, California – June 8, 2021 – NBC’s vacation production “Annie Live!” has landed Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson to play her infamous villainous queen, Miss Hannigan. The award-winning actress will star alongside a soon-to-be-discovered young star as the network launches a nationwide casting search for the lead role of Annie. The live-action production of the Tony Award-winning hit musical will air Thursday, December 2 on NBC.
“When we decided to bring back the holiday music tradition from NBC, we were looking for something that was critically acclaimed and universally loved – and while that certainly is the case with ‘Annie’, that also applies to Taraji.” said Susan Rovner, President. , entertainment content, television and NBCUniversal streaming. “Watching her play this iconic role will be a thrill that has all the makings of a must-see television.”
Taraji P. Henson says, “Carol Burnett, who brought Miss Hannigan to life in the classic 1982 film, is someone I have studied and idolized for as long as I can remember. So when the opportunity presented itself to me to join NBC and this incredible group of producers, I took the plunge! Carol, I hope to make you proud!
The search for a young and future star of any ethnicity is underway to bring optimism, courage, honesty and wisdom beyond their years in the classic role. Auditions will be held virtually, so Annie’s hopefuls everywhere should prepare to bet their last dollar and visit https://castittalent.com/Annie_Live for more information and a link to download their audition. Rehearsals will take place in October / November 2021 in New York.
“Annie live! Will be produced by Robert Greenblatt, Neil Meron and Alex Rudzinsky, with Lear deBessonet and Alex Rudzinski sharing directing duties. The choreography will be directed by Sergio Trujillo. Paul Tazewell will design the costumes. Jason Sherwood will lead the production design. Stephen Oremus will oversee the musical direction. The live event is produced by Chloe Productions.
“Annie” is one of the greatest and most successful hits in Broadway history and the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It has been licensed and performed in 50 countries and translated into eight languages. Based on the Harold Gray comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” which debuted in 1924, the musical premiered on Broadway in 1977 and initially lasted over four years.
Taraji P. Henson, is an award-winning actress, producer, activist and best-selling author. Named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, she won the Golden Globe, the SAG Prize and the Critics’ Choice Award for her portrayal of Cookie Lyon in the “Empire” series. First acclaimed for her work in the flagship film “Hustle & Flow”, she received an Oscar nomination for her role in “The Curious Benjamin Button” by David Fincher.