Annie Live! is sure to be a must-watch holiday event for the whole family, bringing the classic Broadway hit to life like never before. The NBC special featuring newcomer Celina Smith as the titular orphan has released the full official cast for the anticipated live production.
The star-studded lineup includes Harry Connick Jr. as Daddy Warbucks, Taraji P. Henson as Miss Hannigan, Nicole Scherzinger as Grace, and Tituss Burgess as Rooster, with Megan Hilty as Lily St. Regis after the originally cast Jane Krakowski tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19.
The original star of Broadway’s Annie, Andrea McArdle, will join the cast as Eleanor Roosevelt. She was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for originating the role in the 1977 stage production. By her side as President Roosevelt will be actor/activist and real-life polio survivor Alan Toy, the first actor with paralysis to ever play the role. Playing Annie’s orphan friends are Felice Kakaletris as Molly, Cate Elefante as Kate, Sophie Knapp as July, Tessa Frascogna as Tessie, Arwen Monzon-Sanders as Duffy, and Audrey Cymone as Pepper.
Rounding out the production’s ensemble are Wendi Bergamini, Jadaya Bivins, Brittany Conigatti, Ben Davis, Zachary Downer, Karla Garcia, Kayla Goins, Luke Hawkins, Christopher Hernandez, Afra Hines, Trinity Inay, Jeff Kready, McKenzie Kurtz, Jenny LaRoche, Brandt Martinez, Morgan Marcell, Liz McCartney, Anastacia McCleskey, Giana Rice, Eliseo Roman, Lily Tamburo, Sherrod Tate, Kennedy Thompson, Tanairi Vazquez, Jacob Keith Watson, Alex Wong, and Corde Young.
Scroll through the gallery below to see all the famous faces who’ve brought the legendary musical to life over the years and how they stack up against the new live cast!
Annie Live!, Premiere, Thursday, December 2, 8/7c, NBC
Himachal: 64 Covid cases surface, 2 dead; Shimla reports maximum cases
Himachal recorded 62 Covid cases on Sunday, while the death toll reached 3,830 after two more patients died of the infection; highest of 35 cases reported from Shimla
, DharamshalaHT Correspondent
Himachal Pradesh recorded 62 fresh Covid-19 infections on Sunday, taking the state’s case tally to 2,27,003 while the death toll reached 3,830 after two more patients died of the infection.
The highest of 35 cases were reported from Shimla, 11 from Kangra, seven from Solan, four from Hamirpur, two from Una and one each from Bilaspur, Kullu and Mandi.
The active cases came down to 795 while the recoveries have reached 2,22,361 after 74 people recuperated.
In terms of the number of cases, Kangra is the worst hit among all 12 districts logging 51,854 cases since the virus outbreak. It is followed by Mandi with 31,863 cases and Shimla with 27,869 cases.
When the CBS Show Returns in 2022
Season 2 of gripping crime-drama The Equalizer is about to embark on a midseason break and fans are already wondering when Episode 8 will make its debut on screens.
Thankfully, CBS has confirmed the exact date, and Robyn McCall (played by Queen Latifah), Detective Marcus Dante (Tory Kittles), Mel (Liza Lapira), and Harry Keshegian (Adam Goldberg) will be back on our screens and the good news is, it is not too far away. Newsweek has all of the details you need to know.
When is The Equalizer Season 2, Episode 8 Out?
The Equalizer Season 2, Episode 8 will premiere on Sunday, January 2 on CBS.
Fans will be able to catch the latest instalment at 9 p.m. ET . The episode will also be available to stream via CBS.com and the CBS app.
The Equalizer is also available to watch via CBS’s streaming platform Paramount+. You can sign up for a seven-day free trial to watch The Equalizer before subscribing to the platform for $5.99 per month.
Alternatively, you can catch the latest episode of The Equalizer via several streaming services including YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, and fuboTV.
The remaining episodes in the series will continue to air every Sunday.
At the moment it is hard to predict what will happen in Episode 8 of The Equalizer, as the midseason finale is yet to air.
In the midseason finale, Bishop comes to McCall, Harry, and Mel for help when he crosses paths with a terrorist, who has uncovered the true identity of Bishop’s secret son.
However, there is no doubt that Episode 8 will continue to see Robyn ‘The Equalzier’ McCall help others and get justice for those who need it.
The Equalizer is a reboot of the 1980s action series of the same name, which starred Edward Woodward as Robert McCall. The current reboot stars Queen Latifah as the Equalizer, Robyn McCall. Denzel Washington also played the character Robert McCall in the 2014 film adaptation of the 1980 series.
In the latest adaption, Robyn is a divorced mother and former CIA agent who is more than willing to use her incredible skill set to help others, while often risking her own life in the process.
Season 2 was given the green light back in March 2021 but like many shows and films, faced significant delays as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Season 2 made its debut in October 2021, and thankfully, there is not too much longer to wait for Episode 8 to drop.
When Season 2 was given the green light in March 2021, the star of the show Queen Latifah took to Instagram to express her love for the show and her happiness about the show’s future.
In the clip, she said: “You’ve known me by various, various names but this is the one. This is the one, Robyn McCall, The Equalizer. Thanks to you this is a hit. It is a smash hit and I couldn’t have done it without you, the fans.”
Queen Latifah continued: “You cannot miss Season 2, because we are going just as hard in Season 2.”
She captioned the video: “Thank You. Thank you to all the fans watching week after week and our hardworking cast and crew!!!! Let’s go Season 2.”
The Equalizer Season 2, Episode 8 returns Sunday, January 2 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS
Congress demands govt reveal ‘true’ Covid death figures, wants Rs 4 lakh each for victims’ kin
New Delhi: The Congress on Sunday said credible and true figures of COVID-19 deaths in the country should come out and it will strive to get a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the families of those who died of the viral disease.
As part of the party’s campaign for exerting pressure on the Centre to grant compensation to the victims of the coronavirus, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi put out a video of the families that suffered during the second wave of the pandemic.
Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said the Congress would raise the issue in both houses of Parliament and seek the grant of a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to all such families from the government.
Gandhi shared a 4.31-minute video on Twitter in which families that lost their dear ones due to Covid in Gujarat alleged that they did not receive any government help at the time.
He also attacked the “Gujarat model”, which the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has projected as the best in the country.
“The stories of the families of those who died due to Covid are true, their pain and suffering are also true. The government statistics are false. True figures will have to be reported and a compensation of Rs 4 lakh will have to be given,” Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi, using the hashtag “4LakhDenaHoga”.
He also said in the video that the Gujarat model is discussed a lot, “but the families whom we talked to said they neither got hospital beds, nor oxygen or ventilator”.
The Gujarat government says officially, only 10,000 people died due to Covid, but the truth is that over three lakh people have died of the viral disease in the state, the former Congress chief claimed.
“We want that the truth about Covid deaths should come out and those whose kin died due to Covid should get adequate compensation,” he said.
Gandhi said the government’s job is to help people. When the government was to offer help to them when they were in hospital, it did not do so and now, when they have spent so much on hospital treatment, it is not even coming forward to offer them compensation, he said.
“What kind of a government is this?” the Congress leader asked.
“We wanted to be with you in your time of need and wanted to assure you that we are with you and there is no need to worry,” Gandhi was heard telling one of the victims in the video.
“Lakhs of people have lost their father, mother, brothers and sisters. They will not come back. But remember that the Congress will use all its might to get them a compensation of Rs 4 lakh,” he said.
Kharge said in both houses of Parliament, the opposition party would seek that the government grants compensation to the families of those who died of Covid.
“We will raise the issue in Parliament and seek the cooperation of all. The poor should get Rs 4 lakh each as they were devastated by Covid and their earning members were lost. They lost their kin and their incomes due to the government’s negligence,” he told PTI.
“According to estimates, at least 50 lakh people have died in the country due to Covid. In Gujarat alone, while official figures say only 10,000 people died, around 3 to 3.5 lakh people have lost their lives,” Kharge said.
Pitching for a re-survey and a correction in the statistics, he said, “The families of the victims should also be compensated.”
Kharge said the government has to rehabilitate such families by paying them a compensation of Rs 4 lakh, a campaign for which has been launched by Gandhi.
The leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha said the surveys conducted by several foreign agencies have pointed to a lower number of deaths being recorded in the country.
Also read: It’s Congress vs Congress again, Manish Tewari clarifies after Adhir criticises unreleased book
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