“I am saddened to announce I will not be participating in Annie Live!,” McArdle mentioned in an announcement. “My father is currently in the hospital, and I need to put all of my energy into his health and well-being. I wish everyone involved with the production great success. Break a leg everyone.”
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Bob Greenblatt, Executive Producer of Annie Live! mentioned, “We love Andrea McArdle and our entire company is sending best wishes to her and her father. Our Annie, Celina Smith, is thrilled to have met her and she’s excited about following in her incredible footsteps.”
McArdle, who was Tony-nominated for her efficiency because the title character within the unique 1977 Broadway manufacturing of Annie – and together with her powerhouse vocals made a modern-day normal of the tune “Tomorrow” – teased her casting within the new adaptation on a Today Show look with Smith earlier this month. NBC confirmed her casting on Nov. 16.
Also earlier this month, NBC introduced that Megan Hilty would take over the position of Lily St. Regis after Jane Krakowski was identified with a breakthrough case of Covid-19.
The Eleanor Roosevelt position is a small one: She seems together with her husband, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in a scene wherein Annie visits the White House. Actor Alan Toy is ready to play FDR within the NBC particular, changing into the primary actor to have contracted polio within the position of the president who famously had the identical incapacity.
A substitute for McArdle was not introduced. The solid additionally contains Taraji P. Henson as Miss Hannigan, Harry Connick Jr. as Daddy Warbucks, Nicole Scherzinger as Grace and Tituss Burgess as Rooster.
Annie Live! airs Thursday, Dec. 2 at eight p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
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