“Annie Live” Viewer Reviews – NBC Musical – .

“Annie Live” Viewer Reviews – NBC Musical – .

NBC this Thursday night added to its repertoire Annie and direct ! Did you like it like tomorrow (which I hear is still one day away)?

Annie and direct ! starred 12-year-old Celina Smith of Atlanta as the titular orphan, while Harry Connick Jr. (Will & Grace) in a bald fancy dress cap played Daddy Warbucks and Taraji P. Henson (Empire) filled Miss Hannigan’s sane shoes.

To complete the main set, singer Nicole Scherzinger as Grace, as well as Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s Tituss Burgess et Smash‘s Megan Hilty (replaces COVID positive Jane Krakowski) as Rooster and Lily / “Ralph and Shirley Mudge”.

Sandy was played by… a dog named Sandy.

The live-action production – NBC’s sixth musical in the past eight years, as detailed below – proceeded without a Major hitch (save for a few capricious cameras and an abandoned mic here and there), performed in front of a fully vaccinated, masked audience of nearly 500 people.

NBC’s previous live music productions include 2013 The sound of live music! (which TVLine readers gave an average rating of ‘C’, while 18.6 million viewers listened)… Peter Pan and immediately! (TVLine “C” reader level, 9.2 million viewers), 2015 The Wiz live! (TVLine “A-” readership level, 11.5 million viewers)… 2016 Lacquer live! (TVLine “B” reader level, 9.1 million viewers)… and 2018 Jesus Christ Superstar en concert (TVLine “B +” reader level, 9.4 million viewers). In 2020, the network broadcast Dr Seuss’ Grinch Musical, a pre-recorded live show starring Matthew Morrison (TVLine “D” reader level, 2.5 million viewers).


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