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Taraji P. Henson to Play Miss Hannigan in Live TV Annie; Casting Search Begins for Title Role

Lear deBessonet will direct the musical for NBC.

Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P. Henson
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Taraji P. Henson (Empire) will take on the role of Miss Hannigan in NBC's upcoming live televised production of Annie, airing Thursday, December 2. Additionally, a casting hunt has begun for an 11-year-old actor to take on the title role.

Alex Rudzinski will serve as the live TV director and executive producer, with Lear deBessonet, the artistic director of New York City Center Encores! and creator of the Public Works program at the Public Theater, serving as stage director. The production will have choreography by Tony winner Sergio Trujillo, costumes by Paul Tazewell, sets by Jason Sherwood, and orchestrations by Stephen Oremus. Bob Greenblatt and Neil Meron are producing alongside Chloe Productions.

The Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of Harold Gray's comic strip features music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and a book by Thomas Meehan. This will be the fourth filmed iteration of the show, following the original 1982 movie starring Carol Burnett and Albert Finney, the 1999 TV film led by Kathy Bates and Victor Garber, and the 2014 movie remake, with Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz.