Taraji P. Henson Cast as Miss Hannigan in NBC’s ‘Annie’ Live Musical

Some women are dripping in diamonds, some women are dripping with pearls — and Taraji P. Henson will be dripping with little girls during NBC’s holiday production of “Annie Live!”

The Academy Award-nominated actress will play the orphanage’s cruel manager, Miss Hannigan, who hates all children but especially Annie. Henson will lead the musical opposite a soon-to-be-discovered star, as the network kicks off its nationwide casting search for the titular redheaded optimist.

“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,” Susan Rovner, chairman, Entertainment Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, said in a statement. “Watching her take on this iconic role will be a thrill that has all the makings of must-watch television.”

Carol Burnett, who brought Miss Hannigan to life in the classic 1982 movie, is someone I have studied and idolized as far back as I can remember,” Henson said. “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 won the Golden Globe, the SAG Award and the Critic’s Choice Award for her performance of Cookie Lyon on Fox’s musical drama “Empire,” and was nominated for an Oscar for her role in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. On top of acting and producing, Henson is an activist, a best-selling author, and was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. She is repped by M88, Ziffren Law and the Lede Company.

(Excerpt) Read more in: Variety

Taraji P. Henson Cast as Miss Hannigan in NBC’s ‘Annie’ Live Musical

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