Welcome Celina Smith to the cast of #AnnieLive! Can't wait to see you shine as Annie this holiday season! https://t.co/HhYkH3XM1y— NBC Entertainment (@nbc) August 24, 2021
Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Celina Smith has been cast as Annie in NBC's upcoming Annie Live! special, which is coming to the network in December.
"It's just so amazing being able to perform with such an iconic cast and I'm just so excited for this journey to start," Smith said.
Annie Live! is based on the Broadway musical, which was inspired by Harold Gray's comic strip Little Orphan Annie. The special will air Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. EDT on NBC.
Annie Live! will mark NBC's first live musical special since airing Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert in 2018. Lear deBessonet and Alex Rudzinski are directing with Chloe Productions producing.