NBC announced the full cast of the upcoming TV show Annie Live! “The Sun’ll Come Out Tomorrow” this holiday season as NBC has found its next live musical event. It is Broadway’s favorite seven-time Tony Award-winning hit Annie Live!

Annie Live, full cast!

The full cast of Annie Live includes Celina Smith, Felice Kakaletris as Molly, Cate Elefante as Kate, Sophie Knapp as July, Tessa Frascogna as Tessie, and Arwen Monzon-Sanders as Duffy, and Audrey Cymone as Pepper.

The main cast members of previously announced TV specials include Taraji P. Hanson as Miss Hannigan, Harry Connick Jr. as Daddy Warbucks, Nicole Scherzinger as Grace, and Titus Burgess as Rooster. Megan Hilty plays Lily Regis. Andrea McArdle plays the new role of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and the recently announced Alan Toy will play Roosevelt.

Further cast members include Wendi Bergamini, Jadaya Bivins, Brittany Conigatti, Ben Davis, Zachary Downer, Karla Garcia, Kayla Goins, Luke Hawkins, Christopher Hernandez, Afra Hines, Trinity Inay, Jeff Kready, McKenzie Kurtz, Jenny LaRoche, Brandt Martinez, Morgan Marcell, Liz McCartney, Anastacia McCleskey, Giana Rice, Eliseo Roman, Lily Tamburo, Sherrod Tate, Kennedy Thompson, Tanairi Vazquez, Jacob Keith Watson, Alex Wong, and Corde Young.


Lear deBessonet and Alex Rudzinski will share director responsibilities. Sergio Trujillo is in charge choreography and Emilio Sosa – costume design. Jason Sherwood production design and Stephen Oremus choreography. This special film will be produced by Robert Greenblatt, Neil Mellon and Alex Luzinski, with Chloe Productions as the producer.


“Annie” is a Broadway musical, adapted from the popular Harold Gray comic strip “Little Orphan Anne”. It is loosely adapted from James Whitcomb Riley in 1885 Poem “Little Orphant Annie”, composed by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, book by Thomas Meehan.

The production started in 1977 and has been running for nearly six years. It set a record for the Alvin Theater (now Neil Simon Theater). It has produced many works in many countries, has toured the country. And it won seven Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical. Musical songs “Tomorrow” and “It’s the Hard Knock Life” are one of its most popular music tracks. Charnin first contacted Meehan in 1972 to write a musical about the little orphan Annie. Meehan researched by rereading the printed version of the comics. But apart from Annie, Daddy Warbucks and Sandy, he decided to write his own story.

Credits featured image: Gareth Simpson, Flickr

Credits: Playbill.com; nbc.com

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