Twelve-year-old Celina Smith, a solid member of Tyler Perry’s Younger Dylan on Nickelodeon, has landed the title position of NBC’s Annie Reside!, the upcoming vacation manufacturing of the basic Broadway musical.
Smith, who began her profession as Younger Nala within the nationwide touring firm of The Lion King, joins NBC manufacturing’s beforehand solid of Taraji P. Henson as Miss Hannigan, Harry Connick Jr. as Daddy Warbucks, Nicole Scherzinger as Grace and Tituss Burgess as Rooster.
Annie Reside! airs Thursday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m.
“It’s an honor to comply with within the footsteps of the gifted younger girls who’ve performed Annie earlier than me and I can’t wait to start out this journey,” Smith mentioned in an announcement.
Smith, of Atlanta, was solid within the position following a nationwide seek for a brand new Annie, based on NBC. The character, lengthy thought-about one of many nice musical theater roles for younger actresses, will get to sing the present’s most well-known showstopper – “Tomorrow” – in addition to “Possibly” and “It’s a Arduous Knock Life,” amongst others.
Based mostly on the Harold Grey caricature Little Orphan Annie that debuted in 1924, the musical premiered on Broadway in 1977, gained seven Tony Awards and initially ran for over 4 years. Actress Andrea McArdle gained fame because the manufacturing’s big-voiced star, and subsequent Annies embrace Sarah Jessica Parker, Lila Crawford and, in movie diversifications, Aileen Quinn and Willow Smith.
Annie Reside! will likely be government produced by Robert Greenblatt, Neil Meron and Alex Rudzinsky, with Lear deBessonet and Alex Rudzinski sharing the directing duties. Choreography will likely be led by Sergio Trujillo. The dwell occasion is being produced by Chloe Productions.
Smith is represented by Pantheon, J Pervis Expertise Company, AGI Leisure and lawyer Mark Temple.