NBC’s upcoming Annie Live! musical event has found its first star in Taraji P. Henson!
Last month, NBC announced that they had selected Annie to serve as their next holiday musical event. Now, we’re learning that the network’s live production has officially found its first cast member.
Variety reports that Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson has officially signed on to take on the role of Miss Hannigan for Annie Live!
For those who need a bit of a refresher, Miss Hannigan serves as the musical’s main antagonist. She despises children despite the fact that she runs the local orphanage— and especially has it out for Annie and all of the redhead’s plucky optimism about finding her parents someday.
In a statement announcing her involvement with Annie Live!, Taraji P. Henson spoke about how excited she is to take on the same role that was once inhabited by the iconic Carol Burnett.
“Carol Burnett, who brought Miss Hannigan to life in the classic 1982 movie, is someone I have studied and idolized as far back and I can remember,” said Henson via a statement. “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!”
Henson is the first to be cast in NBC’s live musical production, so there’s no word yet on who will join the Empire vet on stage.
Currently, NBC is in the process of kicking off a virtual, nationwide casting search to find the musical’s titular star.
Behind the camera, Robert Greenblatt and Neil Meron (NBC’s The Sound of Music Live!) will serve as executive producers on the project. Meanwhile, Lear deBessonet and Sergio Trujillo (Ain’t To Proud) will serve as director and choreographer, respectively.
Annie Live! starring Taraji P. Henson, and more is set to debut Thursday, December 2 on NBC.