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'Annie Live' Musical Is Coming to NBC This Holiday Season!

'Annie Live' Musical Is Coming to NBC This Holiday Season!

Live musicals are back!

NBC announced Wednesday (May 12) that Annie Live will air during the holiday season later in 2021, THR reported.

This is going to be the first live musical event for NBC since Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, which aired back in 2018.

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“As we look to drive big live audiences for NBC, we could think of no better way than to bring back the network’s holiday musical tradition. And there are no better partners to do this with than the incredible Neil Meron and Bob Greenblatt, who oversaw every live musical during the years he ran NBC. Under their leadership, Annie Live will bring a fresh perspective to this timeless classic, coupling a dynamic first-class creative team with casting choices that will ensure this is a must-watch event for the whole family,” NBC’s Susan Rovner said in a statement.

“It is a joy to come back to NBC and produce a new live musical, a form I loved bringing back to life with my partners Neil Meron and the late Craig Zadan. And we’re thrilled to work with Susan Rovner and her new team because they share our belief in the power of broadcast television to bring families together for events like these,” said former NBC chief Bob Greenblatt.

“There are few musicals like Annie where you know the words to every song and the overriding message — especially in the trying times we live in — is optimism. The song ‘Tomorrow’ means more than ever now, and it’s not lost on us that even Franklin Roosevelt and his New Deal are impacted by this little orphan who simply believes in the goodness of everyone,” added co-executive producer Neil Meron.

Lear deBessonet will direct the stage production, which will be choreographed by Sergio Trujillo. Further casting details have not yet been announced.

Annie is a Broadway musical based on the Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, which originally opened in 1977 and ran for nearly six years. It also won seven Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical.

There was a live musical that got cancelled by NBC. Find out which one!

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