About the Show
About the Show
"The Sun'll Come Out Tomorrow" this holiday season as NBC has found its next live musical event: the beloved seven-time Tony Award-winning hit Annie Live!
Annie Live! features Academy Award-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson as the musical's infamous queen of mean, Miss Hannigan. Henson will play opposite Celina Smith in the titular role of Annie. Already a triple threat at the age of 12, Smith was selected in a nationwide casting search and can currently be seen on the series Tyler Perry's Young Dylan.
The holiday musical event also features Tituss Burgess as Rooster Hannigan, Megan Hilty as Lily St. Regis, Harry Connick Jr. as Daddy Warbucks and Nicole Scherzinger as Grace.
Robert Greenblatt will executive produce the telecast along with Neil Meron, who has served as executive producer on all of NBC's live musicals since 2013's The Sound of Music Live!, and most recently the Emmy Award-winning Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.
Robert Greenblatt brought live musicals back to NBC when he was chairman and is responsible for some of the biggest hits on television over the last two decades. He is also an award-wining television and Broadway producer, the recipient of Golden Globe and Peabody Awards, two Tony Awards and two Olivier Awards.
Neil Meron is the most prolific producer of musicals with former partner Craig Zadan, including the Oscar-winning Chicago; he received the Emmy for Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert and produced all of NBC's live musicals. He also produced Gypsy starring Bette Midler and a series of musicals for ABC/Wonderful World of Disney, including the groundbreaking Cinderella starring Whitney Houston and Brandy.
Alex Rudzinski will once again take on the role as live television director and executive producer as he did with Hairspray Live! and Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. His live musical credits also include Grease Live! and Rent: Live, for which he won three Emmys.
Annie Live! will be directed by the award-winning Lear deBessonet. Artistic director for New York's revival series, Encores, she is the recipient of an Obie Award and she created the popular Public Works program at the Public Theatre, which produces community-engaged productions with as many as 200 performers.
Veteran choreographer Sergio Trujillo will choreograph the production. Recipient of the Tony Award for Ain't Too Proud and the Olivier Award for Memphis, his credits also include hits Jersey Boys and The Addams Family.
Paul Tazewell will design the costumes and Jason Sherwood the scenery. Tazewell is a veteran of two NBC live musicals, The Wiz Live! (Emmy Award) and Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (Emmy nomination). He recently designed costumes for Steven Spielberg's remake of West Side Story and is the designer of the iconic Hamilton. Jason Sherwood is a two-time Emmy-winning production designer for Rent: Live and the 2020 Oscars, having worked extensively in television, in the live music space and in all facets of theater.
Stephen Oremus, two-time Grammy- and Tony-winning music supervisor and orchestrator, will head the music department for Annie Live! as he did for The Wiz Live. His blockbuster credits include Wicked, Frozen, The Book of Mormon and Kinky Boots.
The live event is being produced by Chloe Productions.