The Sun is coming out this holiday season on NBC. Annie Live!, produced by Bob Greenblatt and Neil Meron, will air later this year, the channel said on Wednesday.
“As we seek to attract a large live audience for NBC, we couldn’t think of any better way than to bring back the network’s holiday music tradition,” says Susan Rovner, president of entertainment content for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “And there are no better partners to do this than the incredible Neil Meron and Bob Greenblatt, who oversaw all of the live musicals during the years he ran NBC. Under their leadership, Annie Live! will bring a new perspective to this timeless classic, pairing a dynamic first-class creative team with casting choices that will make this event a must-see for the whole family.
“It’s a joy to come back to NBC and produce a new live-action musical, a form that I’ve loved reviving with my partners Neil Meron and the late Craig Zadan,” says Greenblatt. “And we’re excited to be working with Susan Rovner and her new team as they share our belief in the power of television broadcasting to bring families together for events like these.”
Adds Meron: “There are few musicals like Annie where you know the lyrics of every song and the dominant message – especially in the difficult times we live in – is optimism. The song “Tomorrow” means more than ever now, and it is not lost on us that even Franklin Roosevelt and his New Deal are impacted by this little orphan who simply believes in everyone’s goodness! “
Based on Little orphan Annie comic, the original production of Annie ran for nearly six years (1977-1983) on Broadway, winning seven Tony Awards. He has since become a worldwide phenomenon, both on stage and on screen; The most recent film adaptation, which won a Razzie in 2015, featured Quvenzhané Wallis as the titular orphan opposite A-listers like Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Cameron Diaz and Bobby Cannavale.
NBC’s previous live music productions included the years 2013 The sound of live music!, with Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer; 2014 Peter Pan Live!, with Allison Williams and Christopher Walken; 2015 The Wiz Live!, starring Amber Riley, Queen Latifah and more; and 2016 Hairspray Live!, starring Ariana Grande, Dove Cameron, Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth, Harvey Fierstein and more; and 2018 Jesus Christ Superstar in concert, with John Legend, Brandon Victor Dixon and Sara Bareilles.
Let’s hear it, music fans: are you excited for Annie Live! bow to NBC? Leave a comment with your thoughts.