East Setauket sixth grader breaks from ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ to perform in NBC’s ‘Annie Live!’


East Setauket child stage actress Lily Tamburo took a hiatus from her role in the Broadway musical “Mrs. Doubtfire” to seize the opportunity of a lifetime — to perform last month on live television in NBC’s musical production “Annie Live!”

The Setauket Elementary School sixth grader joined a star-studded cast that dazzled a national television audience.

Taking turns dancing and singing in “Hard-Knock Life” and other stage numbers, 11-year-old Lily played an orphan alongside the lead character Annie, played by Celina Smith, 12.

Lily also shared the TV stage with the likes of Harry Connick Jr., who played Daddy Warbucks; Taraji P. Henson, who starred as Miss Hannigan; and Nicole Scherzinger as Grace Farrell.

Check out the show’s “Hard-Knock Life” scene below. A spunky, tough-faced Lily cartwheels in — front and center — 12 seconds into the clip.

Lily has performed professionally on stage since she was 5, appearing as Cindy Lou Who in the national tour of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and many local community theater productions.

On Dec. 14, Lily performed in “Christmas on Bleecker” at the Sheen Center in New York City, together with such big names as Vanessa Williams, Tony Danza and Norm Lewis.

Lily in ‘Christmas on Bleecker’