Taraji P. Henson is gearing up for a live performance where she will terrorize little orphan girls in NBC’s holiday musical, "Annie Live!" She’s set to play the orphanage’s cruel manager, Miss Hannigan. Deets inside…
We’ve grown fond of watching Taraji P. Henson in very memorable roles, such as playing Jodie’s "baby mama" Yvette in Baby Boy and running her "Empire" as the Lyon family matriarch Cookie.
Now, she’s set to flex her acting talents in a live situation.
Oscar & EMMY nominee Taraji P. Henson is set to play to play its infamous queen of mean, Miss Hannigan in NBC’s holiday musical "Annie Live!" Oh yes, we can totally see Taraji slaying the role Carol Burnett made famous in the 1982 movie version of Annie.
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The award-winning actress will play opposite a soon-to-be-discovered young star as the network kicks off a nationwide casting search for the titular role of Annie. Auditions will happen virtually.
"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," Taraji told Deadline. "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."
“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.”
“Annie Live!” will be executive produced by Robert Greenblatt, Neil Meron, and Alex Rudzinsky, with Lear deBessonet and Alex Rudzinski sharing the directing duties. Choreography will be led by Sergio Trujillo. Paul Tazewell will design costumes. Jason Sherwood will orchestrate production design. Stephen Oremus will oversee the music direction. The live event is being produced by Chloe Productions.
The live production of the beloved Tony Award-winning hit musical will air Thursday, December 2nd on NBC.
We’re here for it. We love you, Miss Hannigan!
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