“Annie live! »Sets Taraji P. Henson as Miss Hannigan in NBC Musical – Deadline

There’s a new Queen of Villains on Easy Street. Taraji P. Henson is expected to play evil Miss Hannigan in Annie Live !, NBC’s adaptation of the Tony award-winning musical that premieres in December.

The old one Empire The three-time Emmy and Oscar nominee will take on the role of the most obnoxious orphanage owner played by Carol Burnett in the 1982 film version of Annie.

This is the first casting for the production as NBC continues its search for the young musical star.

“Carol Burnett, who brought Miss Hannigan to life in the classic 1982 film, is someone I’ve studied and idolized for as long as I can remember,” Henson said. “So when the opportunity presented itself to me to join NBC and this amazing group of producers, I took the plunge. Carol, I hope to make you proud.

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Nominated by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, Henson won a Golden Globe, SAG Award and other honors for his role as Cookie Lyon on Fox’s Empire, which ended in 2020. She landed an Oscar nomination for her supporting role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008).

Broadcast on Thursday, December 2 Annie live! is the latest musical ensemble for a live holiday TV adaptation of the holidays since NBC popularized the format with The sound of live music! with Carrie Underwood in 2013.

“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 Annie certainly did, that applied to Taraji as well,” said Susan Rovner, president of Entertainment. Content on NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “Watching her play this iconic role will be a thrill that has all the makings of a must-see television.”

Based on the classic comic book The little orphan Annie, the show features music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and a book by Thomas Meehan. The original Broadway production opened in 1977 and ran for almost six years, won seven Tony Awards and includes the now standard songs “Tomorrow” and “It’s the Hard Knock Life”. The musical has been adapted for cinema on several occasions, most notably in 1982, 1999 and 2014.

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