“Annie Live!” viewers were quite taken with many aspects of the NBC live-TV musical Thursday night, including the acting chops of young lead Celina Smith, the adorable nature of the dog playing Sandy, and Taraji P. Henson’s epic take on Miss Hannigan — but not so much with the bald cap that star Harry Connick Jr. wore to play Daddy Warbucks.
“Harry Connick Jr gonna be cast in the reboot of Alien Nation after this,” one person tweeted.
Another wrote: “Harry Connick’s bald cap is going to haunt me in my dreams. Theres so much extra “skin” on the back I think it may also be running the Daddy Warbucks lines…”
“I’m loving #AnnieLive but that bald cap got Harry Connick Jr looking like Vader without the helmet,” a third viewer tweeted.
“Annie Live!” stars newcomer Celina Smith in the lead role of Annie alongside Taraji P. Henson as Miss Hannigan, Harry Connick Jr. as Daddy Warbucks, Nicole Scherzinger as Grace, Tituss Burgess as Rooster and Megan Hilty (who took over the role from Jane Krakowski after she contracted a breakthrough COVID case) as Lily St. Regis.
“Annie Live!” is executive produced by Bob Greenblatt, Neil Meron and Alex Rudzinsky, with Lear deBessonet and Rudzinski sharing directing duties. Choreography is led by Sergio Trujillo. Jason Sherwood oversees production design. Stephen Oremus orchestrated the music direction. Emilio Sosa led costume design. The live event is being produced by Chloe Productions.
“Annie” is one of the biggest hits in Broadway history and the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It has been licensed and performed in 50 countries and translated into eight languages. Based on the Harold Gray comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” that debuted in 1924, the musical premiered on Broadway in 1977 and initially ran for more than four years.
“Annie Live!” is airing now on NBC.
See some of the best Twitter reactions to Connick Jr.’s bald cap below.