"Annie Stay!": Taraji P. Henson & Forged Speak Iconic Roles

The solar'll come out tomorrow, however you do not have to attend that lengthy for NBC's Annie Live! as a result of it is occurring tonight, Thursday, Dec. 2!

When the official cast photo of the extremely anticipated dwell manufacturing was revealed on Nov. 24 completely with E!, we could not wait to see 12-year-old newcomer Celina Smith tackle the beloved orphan Annie within the basic musical. And with an A-list lineup of supporting superstars that features Taraji P. Henson and Harry Connick Jr., you will not need to miss this vacation occasion.

NBC has made a behavior of transforming adored Broadway musicals to live specials, beginning with The Sound of Music Stay! starring nation queen Carrie Underwood in 2013. Annie Stay!—the present a few younger woman who lives in an orphanage and goals of reuniting together with her dad and mom sometime—is the newest foray within the community's staging of musicals for primetime tv.

Different earlier classics embrace The Little MermaidHairspray, The Wiz and Jesus Christ Celebrity.

Learn on to search out out the whole lot it's worthwhile to find out about Annie Stay! together with the place to observe, who's within the star-studded solid and extra.

When will Annie Stay! air?

Annie Stay! will premiere on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 8/7c on NBC. For those who miss tonight's premiere, watch afterwards any time on Peacock.

Who's within the Annie Stay! solid?

With Smith within the titular function, Henson will embody Miss Hannigan, the sinister head of the notorious orphanage the place Annie lives. Connick Jr. will tackle "Daddy" Warbucks. Rooster Hannigan—Miss Hannigan's scheme-riddled brother might be performed by Emmy-nominated actor Tituss BurgessMegan Hilty will tackle the function of Rooster's girlfriend, Lily St. Regis. And rounding out the solid is The Pussycat Dolls alum Nicole Scherzinger as Warbucks' secretary Grace Farrell. 

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How did Celina Smith land the function? 

Smith was found for the a part of Annie after a nationwide seek for younger expertise. The 12-year-old star beforehand gave E! News the inside scoop on what to anticipate from the beloved story.

"It is 2021, and the whole lot that occurred final 12 months...it was loopy. So, I really feel like all of the feelings that have been happening, I can type of apply that, simply due to the message of Annie," Smith stated throughout Daily Pop on Oct. 6. "You realize, it brings hope and only a sense of happiness." 

The younger starlet will get to sing Annie's large show-stoppers, "Tomorrow," in addition to "Perhaps" and "It is a Onerous Knock Life."

"I am hoping to get to sprinkle just a little little bit of my character in there," Smith promised. "I am hoping to combine just a little of my TV appearing, my musical appearing in there too."

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Is there on-stage chemistry between Henson and Connick Jr.?

"Taraji P. Hannigan is seductive as Taraji. She's such a robust presence in essentially the most great method," Connick Jr. stated throughout E! Information' Daily Pop on Nov. 29. "Being seduced by Miss Hannigan perhaps is not fairly as nice as being seduced— probably—by Taraji P. Henson however she's so good at it, I believe individuals are going to like it."

When did rehearsals begin for Annie Stay!?

In keeping with Smith's Instagram, rehearsals started on Oct. 18 when she revealed the Annie Stay! binder. "Rehearsal has formally began," she captioned her publish."So excited." 

Annie Stay! will air this Thursday, Dec. 2 at Eight p.m. on NBC.

(E! and NBC are each a part of the NBCUniversal household.)

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