The Grammy winner, Tony nominee and onetime American Idol judge thus will lock horns with Taraji P. Henson’s devious Miss Hannigan, as the characters vie for Annie’s affection.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to play Daddy Warbucks in Annie Live!, and working alongside Taraji P. Henson is a dream come true,” Connick said in a statement. “I love this show, and its musical message of love and hope couldn’t come at a better time.”
The casting call for Annie herself, meanwhile, continues, with interested families invited to visit CastItTalent/Annie_Live for more information and to upload auditions. Rehearsals will take place in October/November in New York, with the live production of the Tony-winning musical set to air Thursday, Dec. 2 on NBC.