It looks like Taraji P. Henson has yet another project on the way. This time she’ll be taking on yet another classic role that has spanned over generations.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Taraji will fulfill the role of Miss Hannigan in NBC’s holiday musical “Annie Live.” Those who are familiar with the musical know that Miss Hannigan runs the orphanage where Annie and the other little orphans live. At the moment, the role of Annie has not been cast. However, the show’s producers will be launching a nationwide virtual search to find their Annie.
Susan Rovner, the chairman of entertainment content at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming spoke about Taraji being a part of the musical and said, “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. 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.”
The role was originally fulfilled by Dorothy Loudon in the original Broadway show back in 1977. Carol Burnett then played the role in the 1982 film, and Kathy Bates took on the role in ABC’s 1999 rendition of the musical. Cameron Diaz tapped into the role in the 2014 film, which also starred Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx.
“Annie Live,” is scheduled to air later this year. This will be NBC’s first musical since “Jesus Christ Superstar Live,” in 2018.
Many fans have been here for Taraji P. Henson fulfilling the role of Miss Hannigan after she famously took on the role of Cookie Lyon on Fox’s “Empire“ for six seasons.
Congrats to Taraji on her new role.
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TSR STAFF: Jade Ashley @Jade_Ashley94