Set to aire Thursday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m., Annie Live! will see Burgess take on Rooster Hannigan, of the the antagonists in the musical and brother of Miss Hannigan, who will be played by Taraji P. Henson. He will act opposite Nicole Scherzinger and Harry Connick Jr., who play Grace Farrell and Daddy Warbucks respectively. The titular role has yet to be announced.
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Actors who have previously portrayed Rooster include Tim Curry and Alan Cumming.
“I’ve always wanted to be a villain,” said the six-time Emmy-nominated actor.
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Annie Live! will be executive produced by Robert Greenblatt, Neil Meron and Alex Rudzinsky, with Lear deBessonet and Alex Rudzinski sharing the directing duties. The live event is being produced by Chloe Productions.
Burgess has earned five Emmy noms for his work as Titus Andromedon in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. He received an outstanding character voice-over performance nomination for the 2021 Primetime Emmy Awards for his work in Apple’s Central Park. He recently appeared in as Rev. Dr. James Cleveland in the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect.
Burgess made his Broadway debut in 2005 with Good Vibrations. Additional stage titles under his belt include Jersey Boys, The Little Mermaid and Guys and Dolls.
He is repped by CAA, Soffer-Namoff, and Peikoff Mahan.
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