Annie Live! TV musical to air later in 2021

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Annie is set to be the latest musical to get the live TV treatment.

Following in the footsteps of Rent, Hairspray, The Wiz and more, Annie Live! is set to debut on US TV this Christmas.


The live TV musical adaptation will air on NBC with Taraji P. Henson to play Miss Hannigan, Nicole Scherzinger playing Grace Ferrell and Harry Connick Jr. as Oliver Warbucks.

The title role will be played by Celina Smith after a nation-wide talent search.

Further casting includes Tituss Burgess as Rooster Hannigan and Megan Hilty as Lily St. Regis.

The musical will air on Thursday, 2 December 2021 on NBC and streaming service Peacock in the US. How to watch in the UK is to be confirmed – watch this space!

Lear deBessonet and Alex Rudzinski will direct the production for stage and TV respectively.

Choreography will come from Olivier and Tony winner Sergio Trujillo with costumes by Paul Tazewell, set design by Jason Sherwood and orchestrations by Stephen Oremus.

Producer Bob Greenblatt said: “Even though it was written 40 years ago, ironically in the aftermath of the Nixon administration and the Vietnam war, I think people are looking for hope after a time of so much division and the isolation of the pandemic.

“We really hope that this musical about a hopelessly optimistic young girl who finds a new family while the country looks forward to FDR’s New Deal will be the feel-good show people are looking for.”

Adapted from Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, Annie features a book by Thomas Meehan, lyrics by Martin Charnin and music by Charles Strouse.

Set in 1930s New York, Annie follows a young girl’s escape from her orphanage – and cruel Miss Hannigan – as she finds a new life with Oliver Warbucks, his secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable dog called Sandy.

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