Taraji P. Henson Cast as Miss Hannigan in Annie Live! Special! Taraji P. Henson has joined the cast of NBC’s upcoming Annie Live! special.
The Oscar-nominated actress, 50, will play Miss Hannigan — the infamous head of the orphanage where Annie lives before she is adopted by Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks.
Henson follows in the footsteps of actresses such as Kathy Bates, Cameron Diaz, Jayne Lynch, Nell Carter, Kathie Lee Gifford, Sally Struthers, Jo Anne Worley, and Faith Prince (to name a few) — all who have played the role in various versions of the classic musical on stage and on screen.
The part was created by the late Dorothy Loudon in the original 1977 Broadway production, earning the actress a Tony award. Carol Burnett played the character in the 1982 film.
“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 in 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!”
NBCUniversal Television and Streaming’s Chairman, Entertainment Content, Susan Rovner, said that Henson’s casting in the iconic role “will be a thrill that has all the makings of must-watch television.”
“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,” Rovner said.
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