'Annie Live!': NBC bets its bottom dollar on another old-school musical for a 'new generation'
BETHPAGE, N.Y. – The sun will come out tomorrow. But Sandy will have to wait.
It's late afternoon on a labyrinthine Long Island soundstage, where the cast of NBC's "Annie Live!" (Thursday, 8 EST/delayed PST) is performing the first full dress rehearsal of the show just two days before Thanksgiving. Mop-topped "orphans," some of them masked, are bemoaning the hard-knock life as they clap, stomp and tumble across the floor with cleaning rags in hand. Taraji P. Henson, who plays seedy orphanage head Miss Hannigan, is fanning herself and chugging water from a prop vodka bottle between scenes.