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"Annie" LIVE! on NBC

The musical event of the holiday season!

Harry Connick Jr. as Daddy Warbucks

Nicole Scherzinger, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, Celina Smith as Annie, and Taraji P. Henson as Ms. Hannigan.

Live December 2 on NBC.

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by Anonymousreply 194November 28, 2021 7:58 PM

Bald Harry Connick Jr. is freaking me out!

by Anonymousreply 1November 23, 2021 1:17 AM

The Eschaton is Immanentized!

by Anonymousreply 2November 23, 2021 1:17 AM

Can Taraji P. Henson sing?

by Anonymousreply 3November 23, 2021 1:18 AM

Leapin’ Lizzards they put that song too goddamn high!

by Anonymousreply 4November 23, 2021 1:20 AM

So the last Annie movie had her as as black and the new television special does the same. Has Annie canonically now been transformed?

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by Anonymousreply 5November 23, 2021 1:26 AM

Harry looks terrible.

by Anonymousreply 6November 23, 2021 1:27 AM

I don't want to see this, and I love Annie the musical.

by Anonymousreply 7November 23, 2021 1:29 AM

"Annie" is one of the easiest hit musicals to screw up.

They will screw it up.

by Anonymousreply 8November 23, 2021 1:29 AM

[quote] Leapin’ Lizzards they put that song too goddamn high!

I'm assuming it's within Celina Smith's range.

It would have to be, right?

by Anonymousreply 9November 23, 2021 1:32 AM

Haha I loved this remark in the comments section of the op's video:

[quote] steven smith 3 hours ago

[quote] Next up in 2025, Andrew! Story of an orphan girl who wants to be a boy having to go through the hard knocks in life.

To answer your question, R5: NOT YET. The character can still evolve!

by Anonymousreply 10November 23, 2021 1:36 AM

Anyone know in what studio this will originate? The last few "Live" on NBC were done at Grumman Studios on Long Island.

by Anonymousreply 11November 23, 2021 1:36 AM


by Anonymousreply 12November 23, 2021 1:43 AM

Lol R12.

You just had to go there, didn't you?

by Anonymousreply 13November 23, 2021 1:47 AM

Here's the young actress rehearsing "Tomorrow."

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by Anonymousreply 14November 23, 2021 1:48 AM

Where’s the red hair?

by Anonymousreply 15November 23, 2021 1:49 AM

The kid is good and very cute but she sings a bit flat. That can be fixed with some vocal coaching though.

by Anonymousreply 16November 23, 2021 1:50 AM

NO, it can't. None of this can be fixed.

I find it ironic that Annie has always had what could be described as an afro, yet they've decided to cast a black person who does not have that hairstyle. Hm. Wonder why.

by Anonymousreply 17November 23, 2021 1:56 AM

Annie in the comic strip had curly hair, but Broadway Annie doesn't get a perm till the end, when she puts on the red dress. 1982 movie Annie was based off both the comic strip and the musical, so she had curly hair throughout, R17.

by Anonymousreply 18November 23, 2021 1:58 AM

No, I've seen the play many times, way, way long ago. She had ratty curly hair until she is adopted by daddy warbucks, then she gets a tighter and more controlled curl. She had curly hair throughout her character act.

by Anonymousreply 19November 23, 2021 2:00 AM

If they were to present ANNIE with an all white cast in 2021 it would be LITERAL VIOLENCE.

by Anonymousreply 20November 23, 2021 2:04 AM


by Anonymousreply 21November 23, 2021 2:05 AM

We love cultural appropriation

by Anonymousreply 22November 23, 2021 2:06 AM

So have I, R19, her hair was wavy/messy till Warbucks adopts her, but it wasn't in a perm. Maybe this Annie will have curly hair at the end??

by Anonymousreply 23November 23, 2021 2:06 AM

R21- I must correct you it's AFROannie

by Anonymousreply 24November 23, 2021 2:06 AM

I wonder if white people would consider it LITERAL VIOLENCE if the remake of The Wiz were to have an ALL BLACK cast.

by Anonymousreply 25November 23, 2021 2:07 AM

1977 was pre woke. Nothing beat the original cast of Annie.

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by Anonymousreply 26November 23, 2021 2:12 AM

You messed that up, R25.

I think you meant to ask if black people would have a problem with an all-white cast of "The Wiz."

by Anonymousreply 27November 23, 2021 2:22 AM

R27- No. Because I am the person who said that having an all white cast of ANNIE in 2021 would be LITERAL VIOLENCE that is why I posed the question - Would white people consider an all black cast in a remake of The Wiz today to be LITERAL VIOLENCE.

by Anonymousreply 28November 23, 2021 2:25 AM

I loved that, R26, my absolute favourite. I do love the 82 movie for Tim Curry and Carol Burnett, even if I'm not crazy about the changes from the play (Christmas to 4th of July). Tim Curry as Rooster was inspired casting, same with Carol, Bernadette, and Anne Reinking.

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by Anonymousreply 29November 23, 2021 2:27 AM

This kind of a funny thing to say but true. Watching the original cast of Annie at the 1977 Oscars reminds me of the cast of The Facts Of Life. The girls dancing are the Eastland girls and Miss Hannigan is Mrs. Garrett.

by Anonymousreply 30November 23, 2021 2:27 AM

R29- I've watched that video SO many times. I never get tired of it.

Boy, am I GAY.

by Anonymousreply 31November 23, 2021 2:29 AM

This just telegraphs "trainwreck."

Most "Annie" fans have never read the original Depression-era strips. They're very interesting, and surprising if you love the show. Harold Gray, the creator, was what might today be called a populist conservative. He had a kind of Horatio Alger bootstrap view of the world, and despised FDR and the New Deal.

He's probably spinning in his grave as we speak.

by Anonymousreply 32November 23, 2021 2:29 AM

I know it's the movie, but Carol is fantastic here. She makes you have empathy for poor old Miss Hannigan even though she's a villain. Who ever did the costumes and sets for the 82 film captured the era perfectly - much better than the '99 film version, even though that was more true to the Broadway play.

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by Anonymousreply 33November 23, 2021 2:30 AM

[quote] Boy, am I GAY.

Yup, same.

by Anonymousreply 34November 23, 2021 2:32 AM

The video I've watched many times was the one I posted from the 1977 Tony Awards not the song Easy Street from the 1982 movie.

by Anonymousreply 35November 23, 2021 2:35 AM

This scene from the movie is also fantastic.

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by Anonymousreply 36November 23, 2021 2:36 AM

What, no James Corden???

That’s an outrage!!!

by Anonymousreply 37November 23, 2021 2:51 AM

Leapin' Lizards! I forgot how badly the 1982 movie MANGLED a simple fun nuber like "Easy Street"!

They did NOTHING RIGHT at all! What the fuck is all that loud clattering with the boxes at the beginning? Why do they keep breaking up the singing with pointless talking? Where's the melody and the build of the song? Carol Burnett's costume and makeup are all wrong! They didn't use the show-stopping choreography from the stage version and they've added unfunny slapstick and business instead of musicality!

The film is a totally botched disaster.

by Anonymousreply 38November 23, 2021 2:56 AM

[quote]Watching the original cast of Annie at the 1977 Oscars...

They're actually at the Tony Awards, not the Oscars.

by Anonymousreply 39November 23, 2021 2:57 AM

R38- The entire 1982 was AVERAGE.

by Anonymousreply 40November 23, 2021 2:57 AM

None for me, thanks.

by Anonymousreply 41November 23, 2021 3:00 AM

Next stop: TRANNIE!

by Anonymousreply 42November 23, 2021 3:02 AM

R42- LOL!

by Anonymousreply 43November 23, 2021 3:07 AM

Producers: How about a live production of "Annie"?


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by Anonymousreply 44November 23, 2021 3:20 AM

“Annie”, the Hologram!

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by Anonymousreply 45November 23, 2021 3:27 AM

Why in hell they hire tht tired queen tituss burgess???? she plum nasty..

by Anonymousreply 46November 23, 2021 5:54 AM

R38, they're rummaging though boxes to find the other half of Annie's locket. LEAPIN' LIZARDS!!

by Anonymousreply 47November 23, 2021 6:41 AM

I understand that r47, but does it need to be so LOUD and the focus of the scene?

It's not like that in the stage version where they're too busy being entertaining!

by Anonymousreply 48November 23, 2021 6:54 AM

agreed, Burgess is disgusting. very odd casting choice.

by Anonymousreply 49November 23, 2021 7:13 AM

Oh it's fine, R48, besides the whole story really comes down to Annie's locket. It's a key plot point. Besides, it's far better than any of the other movies and the recent stage version. I guarantee you it's better than whatever the NBC LIVE! version has in store.

by Anonymousreply 50November 23, 2021 7:22 AM

[quote]No, I've seen the play many times, way, way long ago. She had ratty curly hair until she is adopted by daddy warbucks, then she gets a tighter and more controlled curl.

In the original Broadway production, Anne was played by Andrea McArdle. She had her straight hair (with a slight wave) for most of the play, and only came out wearing the iconic curly afro during the title number near the end.

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by Anonymousreply 51November 23, 2021 7:33 AM

For their next musical, they should do Ain't Misbehavin' with an all-white cast.

by Anonymousreply 52November 23, 2021 7:48 AM

So it is still possible that Annie will coif up the red locks by the end of the NBC production; perhaps change her race entirely to quell criticism.

by Anonymousreply 53November 23, 2021 7:50 AM

In the ending scene, I mean.

by Anonymousreply 54November 23, 2021 7:51 AM

Why does Annie have to wear a black curly-haired wig?

I don't get it.

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by Anonymousreply 55November 23, 2021 8:20 AM

Another trailer.

Miss Hannigan's delivery of, "she's a drunk!" is all wrong.

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by Anonymousreply 56November 23, 2021 8:30 AM

She will have orange cornrows at the end.

by Anonymousreply 57November 23, 2021 8:34 AM

good god, the world has gone nuts.....what a mess of a show.

by Anonymousreply 58November 23, 2021 10:17 AM

Can’t wait for the Asian ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and White/Pacific Islander ‘Color Puprle’ revivals. Don’t forget to have the cast be Non Bianary, Themis. Fuck this noise. I hate wokeness.

by Anonymousreply 59November 23, 2021 10:22 AM

What did Nicole Scherzinger do to her face?

by Anonymousreply 60November 23, 2021 11:22 AM

When will there be a Chinese version of Oklahoma?

by Anonymousreply 61November 23, 2021 12:28 PM

I hate to say this, but the preview makes it look like fun.

Now I'm gonna see it for sure!

If they cut "We'd Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover" for one of those terrible 1982 movie songs, I'm gonna start something!

by Anonymousreply 62November 23, 2021 6:06 PM

R52- With an ALL German cast.

by Anonymousreply 63November 23, 2021 6:29 PM

She's going to appear at the end of the title number in corn rows (specially braided for her by Annette, Cecile, and Mrs. Pugh).

by Anonymousreply 64November 23, 2021 6:31 PM

NBC is in talks about a new 21st century version of The Facts Of Life. It will have an ALL black cast but with one token white character who will play the role of Tootie.

by Anonymousreply 65November 23, 2021 6:35 PM

I bet Harry Connick Jr. jumped at this role since for once he wouldn't have to wear one of his ratty wigs.

by Anonymousreply 66November 23, 2021 6:39 PM

The big question is, of course, who gets to play the wonderful and rewarding role of Tessie?

by Anonymousreply 67November 23, 2021 6:43 PM

[quote] I bet Harry Connick Jr. jumped at this role since for once he wouldn't have to wear one of his ratty wigs.

Does Harry Connick wear a piece?

I never would have guessed.

It looks real to me.

I think you're lying.

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by Anonymousreply 68November 23, 2021 7:20 PM

So is this what he looks like in real life?


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by Anonymousreply 69November 23, 2021 7:21 PM

R66- I must correct you. He would not have to wear one of his ratty KOREAN wigs.

by Anonymousreply 70November 23, 2021 7:42 PM

R30 The Dorothy Louden Show was exactly The Facts of Life, with Dotty Louden in the Mrs. Garrett role. First season, there was a character called Franke, who FoL ripped off when they created Jo in year 2.

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by Anonymousreply 71November 23, 2021 7:45 PM

R71- It seems like The Facts Of Life was a ripoff (of sorts) of The Dorothy Loudon Show.

by Anonymousreply 72November 23, 2021 7:53 PM

R71- Her show premiered in August 1979 the very same month and year that The Facts Of Life premiered so TFOL couldn't have stolen anything from her show except perhaps the character of Jo who was not introduced until the fall of 1980.

by Anonymousreply 73November 23, 2021 7:57 PM

"Where's her red hair? Where's her red hair?" The lifting of the hem of her dress reveals a merkin that will leave every viewer satified at the fadeout; "Won't it, Sandy?" "Arf!"

by Anonymousreply 74November 23, 2021 8:02 PM

Happy NOW, R74??!!!

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by Anonymousreply 75November 23, 2021 8:05 PM

There are Black redheads

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by Anonymousreply 76November 23, 2021 8:08 PM

R73 yeah crazy. It was the same exact premise. I actually liked The Dorothy Louden Show at age 9. I remember looking for it after it had been cancelled.

by Anonymousreply 77November 23, 2021 8:27 PM

R73 I guess Jo is kind of a stock character, but Frankie WAS one of the things that worked about TDLS. Wouldn't surprise me if they were inspired by it.

by Anonymousreply 78November 23, 2021 8:32 PM

Is OP Boris posting this “news” to divide us? What is his agenda.

by Anonymousreply 79November 23, 2021 8:46 PM

I think the kid will do fine as Annie. She doesn't have the best voice (she was slightly off key in the "Tomorrow" clip posted above). Her acting and dancing are probably good. My only complaint is that she does seem a bit too tall to be Annie, who is supposed to be 10. She's like how Andrea McArdle was when she aged out of the role - still good but clearly too tall to continue, but whatever - I'll be watching and rooting for her. Annie has a special place in my heart since it's the first musical I saw as a child and I've been hooked on musical theatre ever since. I have a feeling she'll be better than Harry who looks TERRIBLE and doesn't pass for Warbucks at all imo.

by Anonymousreply 80November 23, 2021 9:04 PM

She looks old enough to be his wife at R69.

by Anonymousreply 81November 23, 2021 9:09 PM

[quote] She looks old enough to be his wife at R69

Why do you think he adopted her??

Times were different back then.

by Anonymousreply 82November 23, 2021 11:52 PM

r71 r77


by Anonymousreply 83November 24, 2021 12:13 AM

The problem with the movie is that it was OVER produced. Same thing with Hello Dolly, etc....they had great casts and great concepts, but they were overblown spectacles.

by Anonymousreply 84November 24, 2021 12:56 AM

[quote] Who ever did the costumes and sets for the 82 film captured the era perfectly - much better than the '99 film version

Which one did SJP star in?

by Anonymousreply 85November 24, 2021 12:58 AM

The movie was for kids, R84, not for your average theatre goer who was familiar with the original Broadway production.

I for one, will always love '82 Annie as it was largely responsible for nurturing my love of musicals. So what if some of the numbers were overdone? It sure introduced a lot of kids to the genre. I saw it in the theatre and loved it so much that my mom bought me a copy on VHS when it came out. I'd watch it over and over - recreating and improving (in my nine year old mind) the choreography. I even used to sketch some of the costumes, lol.

I've seen the more recent '99 version and while it's more true to the play, it doesn't have the heart or the talent of the '82 version. I don't even want to talk about the 2012 Broadway production.

by Anonymousreply 86November 24, 2021 1:06 AM

This is so wrong on so many levels. Please make it stop! Why?!?!

by Anonymousreply 87November 24, 2021 1:10 AM

[quote] I saw it in the theatre and loved it so much that my mom bought me a copy on VHS when it came out. I'd watch it over and over - recreating and improving (in my nine year old mind) the choreography

Surely, she had no idea you were gay.

by Anonymousreply 88November 24, 2021 1:14 AM

Well, let's just say she wasn't surprised, R88.

by Anonymousreply 89November 24, 2021 1:25 AM

Harry doesn't wear a piece. He's had at least 2 successful hair transplants (back in the late 90s). I imagine that's why he's opting to not shave his head (as there would be telltale scars visible). It's not a bad bald cap as far as bald caps go...

by Anonymousreply 90November 24, 2021 1:27 AM

I was obsessed with the OBC recording when I was 8 years old. My poor dad. Ha.

Maybe a year and a half after I got the cast album, I finally got to see it on Broadway. I sat next to my grandma, the person I loved the most on the world. She laughed hysterically during Easy Street. It was the most wonderful sound. About a year later, she died at age 58.

If I close my eyes, I can still hear the sound of that laughter.

by Anonymousreply 91November 24, 2021 1:39 AM

R91- WOW. The women in your family must have their kids YOUNG. My grandmother was in her 70's when I was born and my mother was 39 years old.

by Anonymousreply 92November 24, 2021 1:41 AM

Also -- nothing will ever better Peter Gennaro's "Easy Street" choreography featured with the OBC. Just a perfect blend of knowingness and old school gusto.

by Anonymousreply 93November 24, 2021 2:08 AM

R56- The whole thing is a big 👎

by Anonymousreply 94November 24, 2021 3:06 AM

[quote]I have a feeling she'll be better than Harry who looks TERRIBLE and doesn't pass for Warbucks at all imo.

At least he's the right color.

by Anonymousreply 95November 24, 2021 3:30 AM

Who's playing Punjab?

by Anonymousreply 96November 24, 2021 3:32 AM

Geoffrey Holder!!

by Anonymousreply 97November 24, 2021 3:34 AM

There's no Punjab in the stage version.

There's no "We Got Annie"

They do not visit Radio City Music Hall and

There is no "Dumb Dog"!

by Anonymousreply 98November 24, 2021 3:38 AM

But he's in the comic strip, R98! Bring him back, I say.

by Anonymousreply 99November 24, 2021 3:40 AM

No one comes close to playing Miss Hannigan like Dorothy Loudon. It's amazing. Every single other actress I've seen try it, on stage, on film, on video tape pales in comparison. Her talents were uniquely suited to that character, those songs, and that dancing.

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by Anonymousreply 100November 24, 2021 2:19 PM

R94 is a racist!

by Anonymousreply 101November 24, 2021 6:30 PM

R56, why is the dog on her butt? Can Tajani Henson sing? Can Harry Connick Jr sing? Can Jane Krawoski?

by Anonymousreply 102November 24, 2021 6:39 PM

[quote] Can Harry Connick Jr sing?

I was wondering the same thing.

Then I forgot he actually started out as a singer.

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by Anonymousreply 103November 24, 2021 6:42 PM

I would have gone with a black daddy Warbucks and a white Annie. Weird that they went the white saviour route.

by Anonymousreply 104November 24, 2021 6:42 PM

How about all black?

by Anonymousreply 105November 24, 2021 6:46 PM

If I were doing this, R105, I go with more diversity. BD Wong or Raul Esperanza as Warbucks and Patty Lupone as Hannigan.

by Anonymousreply 106November 24, 2021 6:52 PM

This trainwreck looks like it will provide years of memes.

by Anonymousreply 107November 24, 2021 6:55 PM

BD Wong would be great, R106, not sure about Esparza though. McArdle (if she can still sing) as Miss Hannigan or maybe Lilly would be interesting and a way to honour the OBC.

by Anonymousreply 108November 24, 2021 6:58 PM

Like this, R106?


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by Anonymousreply 109November 24, 2021 6:59 PM

Is this an SNL parody?

This can't be real.

by Anonymousreply 110November 24, 2021 6:59 PM


Meant, R107

by Anonymousreply 111November 24, 2021 6:59 PM

[quote]not sure about Esparza though.

Thems fightin' words.

by Anonymousreply 112November 24, 2021 7:05 PM

He's overrated, R112. His scenery chewing would be too much for a role like Warbucks, who is not supposed to be a hammy character with a bad vibrato.

by Anonymousreply 113November 24, 2021 7:07 PM

Blaxploitation Annie?

Who plays the pimp?

by Anonymousreply 114November 24, 2021 7:09 PM

Is Taraji desperate for work ?

by Anonymousreply 115November 24, 2021 7:11 PM

[quote] Is Taraji desperate for work ?

She's just thirsty.

Taraji even recently appeared as a judge on Project Runway.

She's everywhere!

by Anonymousreply 116November 24, 2021 7:14 PM

I feel like actors confuse good work and relevancy/PR and end up degrading their careers ass a result.

I understand the fear of saying no, or doing favors, but man it can backfire...

by Anonymousreply 117November 24, 2021 7:26 PM

This trend of casting African Americans in roles that are VERY white is ridiculous. Little Orphan Annie was a VERY white comic book character; to make her black just destroys her whole carrot topped persona. And what is Sandy the dog going to be in this version? A pit bull? This version is going to suck SO bad.

by Anonymousreply 118November 24, 2021 7:32 PM

[quote][R56], why is the dog on her butt? Can Tajani Henson sing? Can Harry Connick Jr sing? Can Jane Krawoski?


2. Of course Harry Connick can sing -- he has released many albums.

3. Jane KRAKOWSKI is a well-known star of Broadway musicals and can, of course sing. But she is not in this production, so why are you asking?

by Anonymousreply 119November 24, 2021 7:38 PM

Jane Krakowski IS in this production, R119.

Watch the trailer at the op's link.

by Anonymousreply 120November 24, 2021 7:40 PM

I believe Krakowski pulled out.

by Anonymousreply 121November 24, 2021 7:43 PM

Krakowski has covid. Megan Hilty took her place.

by Anonymousreply 122November 24, 2021 7:46 PM

[quote] I believe Krakowski pulled out.

That’s what she said.

by Anonymousreply 123November 24, 2021 8:24 PM

I want this cool triggering Punjab doll

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by Anonymousreply 124November 24, 2021 8:48 PM

I thought Geoffrey Holder was kinda hot. Loved his deep, booming voice.

by Anonymousreply 125November 24, 2021 8:58 PM

I think Annie, Warbucks and Hannigan have to be either all white or all Black or else the show starts veering into dangerous racial waters.

by Anonymousreply 126November 24, 2021 9:52 PM

That's why I was REALLY surprised with the choices they made for this production, r126. I think the optics would have been better to go opposite with a white Annie and Black Warbucks or a completely diverse main cast if they wanted to keep the Annie role as is.

by Anonymousreply 127November 24, 2021 10:00 PM

[quote]Which one did SJP star in?

Broadway after McArdle. Saw her one night with friends and then walked around Times Square for a bit and on the way to our hotel, ended up in front of the theater when Alice Ghostly and John Schuck came out the front doors. Chatted a few minutes and then they left.

by Anonymousreply 128November 24, 2021 10:07 PM

It should have been can “Trannie” starring Jazz Jennings, Bruceilla Jenner as Miss Hannigan, and Ellen DeGeneres as Dykey Warbucks.

by Anonymousreply 129November 24, 2021 10:12 PM


by Anonymousreply 130November 24, 2021 10:12 PM

At least the 2014 movie had the sense to set it in modern-day.

by Anonymousreply 131November 24, 2021 10:45 PM

I don't like this, not because the girl is black but because she doesn't have red hair. It's like casting a brunette to play Goldilocks. It just isn't right. If you want to cast a black girl to play Annie, fine, dye her hair or get a wig.

by Anonymousreply 132November 24, 2021 10:59 PM

I think Sarah Jessica Parker would have been much more inspired casting for Miss Hannigan. She has an obvious connection to the material, it’d be fun to see her do something so unglamorous and she’s actually really quite winning when she plays low-down hussies (Shelley the Barracuda, anyone?)

by Anonymousreply 133November 24, 2021 11:15 PM

When will there be an oriental cast? Who who play the lead roles? It’s time for some diversity!

by Anonymousreply 134November 24, 2021 11:18 PM

Oh, SJP would be excellent, R133.

by Anonymousreply 135November 24, 2021 11:19 PM

“So what’s you’re saying is, blacks are poor and need to be saved by whites rich people, is that what you’re saying???

—Virtual signaling wokester outrage addict looking at the new cast

by Anonymousreply 136November 24, 2021 11:21 PM


by Anonymousreply 137November 24, 2021 11:21 PM

R108, McArdle was featured in the 1999 TV version as the Star to Be in NYC - I think she’s playing Eleanor Roosevelt in this one. I believe she’s played Hannigan in a couple of regional productions and the general consensus is that’s she just not a strong enough comedic actress to make it work. Apparently, the scuttlebutt was that she was quite hurt and surprised that she couldn’t even get an audition for the last Broadway revival.

by Anonymousreply 138November 24, 2021 11:35 PM

Meet the new Annie!

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by Anonymousreply 139November 25, 2021 12:51 AM

McArdle is out. Her father is in the hospital.

by Anonymousreply 140November 25, 2021 3:10 AM

What about Quinn? What's she been doing? I know she still sings.

by Anonymousreply 141November 25, 2021 3:24 AM

Taraji looks like a character that Shangela would portray in a bad Drag Race skit.

by Anonymousreply 142November 26, 2021 1:03 PM

[quote] McArdle (if she can still sing) as Miss Hannigan or maybe Lilly would be interesting and a way to honour the OBC.

There is nothing in this production that indicates any interest in honoring anything original.

by Anonymousreply 143November 26, 2021 2:00 PM

Why not a white Annie with a black Daddy Warbucks? Get Vin Diesel or the Rock to play the part? The optics would be better.

by Anonymousreply 144November 26, 2021 2:03 PM

This will be the least viewed production of Annie in History. People are sick and tired of this “woke” BS. It shouldn’t be viewed as racist to use white people in white roles! Are we going to use a pasty white man in the next production of “Roots?” It just doesn’t make sense, and it’s confusing to new generations and younger folks.

by Anonymousreply 145November 26, 2021 2:09 PM

[quote] Why not a white Annie with a black Daddy Warbucks? Get Vin Diesel or the Rock to play the part? The optics would be better.

That would look like she had been sold into white slavery.

by Anonymousreply 146November 26, 2021 2:11 PM

That poor girl looked like Leslie Jones at the parade

by Anonymousreply 147November 26, 2021 2:31 PM

An intelligently done all-Black (or mostly Black) Annie could actually be a worthwhile endeavor, but a randomly color-blind casting of just ends up creating a bunch of minefields in a show where much of the plot centres around era-specific politics around poverty and wealth disparity in America. No matter how you slice it, Black people singing songs about a bright and beautiful tomorrow and getting to live on easy street but whatever means necessary (or rhapsodizing about the New Deal) feel different than white people singing those songs.

by Anonymousreply 148November 26, 2021 3:04 PM

This goes along with the only trans people and gay people can play trans or gay people but black people can play any part (no matter how historically inaccurate) Makes perfect sense!

by Anonymousreply 149November 26, 2021 3:55 PM

[quote] Why not a white Annie with a black Daddy Warbucks?

Is he her pimp?

by Anonymousreply 150November 26, 2021 4:22 PM

I think John Schuck (who I loved and only knew from "McMillan & Wife") played Warbucks longer than anyone else on the road and Broadway. He made quite a career staying busy in productions of "Annie" for years. Good for him.

by Anonymousreply 151November 27, 2021 7:54 AM

[quote]When will there be a Chinese version of Oklahoma?

O-krahoma, where the wind comes sweepin' down the prain.

by Anonymousreply 152November 27, 2021 2:00 PM

r151 John Schuck rose to fame in the movie of M*A*S*H and was also pioneering transsexual politician Gil Kessler on "Golden Girls."

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by Anonymousreply 153November 27, 2021 3:33 PM

The girl playing Annie looks too pretty. Annies should be goofy, quirky kids.

by Anonymousreply 154November 27, 2021 4:03 PM

Who was the fucking moron that financed this fiasco

by Anonymousreply 155November 27, 2021 4:35 PM

R155 - Tyler Perry, Oprah, and Lizzo.

by Anonymousreply 156November 27, 2021 4:42 PM

So in this version Annie is from the ghetto and she's an orphan because her mother is a crackhead and she doesn't even know who her father is.

by Anonymousreply 157November 27, 2021 8:00 PM

They've changed "Easy Street" to include the word "motherfucker."

by Anonymousreply 158November 27, 2021 8:07 PM

Lizzo IS Annie!

by Anonymousreply 159November 27, 2021 10:09 PM

[quote] O-krahoma, where the wind comes sweepin' down the prain.

Seriously, R152? It’s 2022, not 1950. You think this demeaning racist humor is still okay? How old are you? Please join us in this century.

by Anonymousreply 160November 28, 2021 7:28 AM

Maybe an Asian wrote that r160. Stop being judgy.

by Anonymousreply 161November 28, 2021 7:32 AM

Do we really need two black Annies in the span of seven years?

by Anonymousreply 162November 28, 2021 7:36 AM

i like that they have talented african-americans in this. I am going to watch it. This looks good.

by Anonymousreply 163November 28, 2021 7:42 AM

They are going with talented peeps, not some rich white kid. I like this.

by Anonymousreply 164November 28, 2021 7:43 AM

R264, then you obviously didn’t hear the girl sing at the Macy’s Day parade.

by Anonymousreply 165November 28, 2021 7:52 AM

Do they call her 'Onny'?

by Anonymousreply 166November 28, 2021 8:14 AM


by Anonymousreply 167November 28, 2021 8:34 AM

E141 could she ever sing??

by Anonymousreply 168November 28, 2021 10:27 AM

I'm thinking that BOTH Jane Krakowski and Andrea McArdle pulled out on purpose (Covid my ass in Jane's case) because they know that this production will be an absolute shitshow!

by Anonymousreply 169November 28, 2021 11:26 AM

R160 You that upset, is sum ting wong?

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by Anonymousreply 170November 28, 2021 1:26 PM

[quote]Macy’s Day parade.

Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 171November 28, 2021 2:08 PM

In my opinion, ALL of the live remakes have been a shitshow.

They should blackface “Fiddler on the Roof” and see what happens.

by Anonymousreply 172November 28, 2021 2:33 PM

[quote]They should blackface “Fiddler on the Roof” and see what happens.

If I be a rich man ....

by Anonymousreply 173November 28, 2021 2:36 PM

A blackface Fiddler would be fantastic.

by Anonymousreply 174November 28, 2021 3:16 PM

We now get Blannie.

Soon enough the next remake will be Trannie.

by Anonymousreply 175November 28, 2021 3:20 PM

Quota based casting. How many persons of non-color did they audition to give the false impression that race wasn't the only driving factor? And no trans? Boycott! That dog looks Caucasian. Double boycott!!

by Anonymousreply 176November 28, 2021 3:26 PM

ANNIE is a piece of schlock. It's slick, from start to finish, but slick is the best it has to offer. It's not bad. It's not good. It's a perfectly mediocre effort by the authors that was polished up and slickly presented by the producers and Mike Nichols, its original director.

It doesn't really matter what anyone does to it. It's not an important piece of work. Any of you on this thread worshiping this silly thing all need to aim a good deal higher.

by Anonymousreply 177November 28, 2021 3:29 PM

The original director of ANNIE was Martin Charnin. Mike Nichols was one of the producers--and undoubtedly influenced the changes made to the show from its start at Goodspeed.

by Anonymousreply 178November 28, 2021 3:35 PM

Martin Charnin was credited as director.

He had no significant successes as a director before or after ANNIE. The runs of things he directed on Broadway can be measured in days.

If you want to believe Mike Nichols did not polish that show until it shined like the top of the Chrysler Building, that it was actually Martin Charnin who did that, you go right ahead.

by Anonymousreply 179November 28, 2021 3:40 PM

Easy Street was filmed twice for the '82 film. The first version started inside the orphanage and then moved outside where a street fair was in progress. When director in name only John Huston saw the results, he made choreographer and actual director Joe Layton redo it on a much smaller scale inside the orphanage; the original was too overblown and over the top.

The footage of the first version has disappeared but we know it existed because of still photos and a few seconds of footage that was used in a documentary about the making of the film.

Meanwhile, here's how it's done. This is from a full boot of the original production later in the run (there aren't very many). Betty Hutton subbing for Alice Ghostley while she was on vacation, Gary Beach as Rooster and Rita Rudner, who got her start as a Broadway dancer, as Lily. Ghostley got great reviews as Hannigan, almost as good as Loudon.

Go Gary, go!

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by Anonymousreply 180November 28, 2021 3:55 PM

Gary Beach was a beautiful performer. Just wonderful.

by Anonymousreply 181November 28, 2021 4:05 PM

R179, the original comment named Mike Nichols as the original director which he was not. Martin Charnin directed the show at Goodspeed before Mike Nichols became involved with the show. Having Nichols aboard greatly improved the show--that is not in dispute.

by Anonymousreply 182November 28, 2021 4:12 PM

Shouldn't black Annie be called BLANNIE?

by Anonymousreply 183November 28, 2021 4:15 PM

[quote]Taraji P. Henson as Ms. Hannigan.

Worst casting ever. She looks like Miss Lynch in Grease.

by Anonymousreply 184November 28, 2021 4:15 PM

[quote]Easy Street was filmed twice for the '82 film.

Between the first filming and the second, Carol Burnett had a chin implant. She really didn't want to do the second take because it was obvious her face had changed.

by Anonymousreply 185November 28, 2021 4:17 PM

I love Carol Burnett. I know she's old now, but she's in great shape, they should have had her play Miss Hannigan. She has such great delivery. "Do I hear... [italic] happiness[/italic] in here?"

by Anonymousreply 186November 28, 2021 4:25 PM

Leslie Jones is my favorite Annie.

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by Anonymousreply 187November 28, 2021 4:37 PM

R187 - Yes! (And they gave her the red frizz too!)

by Anonymousreply 188November 28, 2021 4:42 PM

What about an all-black version of "The Wizard Of Oz"? No?

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by Anonymousreply 189November 28, 2021 5:46 PM

r189 You might want to check on that link again.

by Anonymousreply 190November 28, 2021 5:47 PM

Harry's big bald melon is so very disturbing. I'm going to have to take a pass on this version.

by Anonymousreply 191November 28, 2021 6:20 PM

Can they do a white version of the Wiz?

by Anonymousreply 192November 28, 2021 6:22 PM

R192 - Maybe a production of “Roots” cast with all white slaves, and black slave owners, would make BLM and the work crowd happy.

by Anonymousreply 193November 28, 2021 7:17 PM

^^Jim Parsons can play Kunta Kinte.

by Anonymousreply 194November 28, 2021 7:58 PM
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