If it’s a hard-knock life for Little Orphan Annie, it’s an even harder-knock life for Little Orphan Grannie.
That’s the gist of Kathy Griffin’s new spoof trailer for Grannie, a geriatric send-up of the beloved musical about a spunky, streetwise urchin.
Sporting curly red hair and freckles but walking with a cane, Griffin plays “America’s oldest orphan,” who, unlike her Annie counterpart, doesn’t find a benefactor until she’s well over the hill. She’s finally rescued from the tyranny of Miss Hannigan (played by Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Rinna) by the eccentric billionaire Daddy Warbucks (Colton Haynes of Teen Wolf).
Created by the comedy duo A Brit and A Yank (a.k.a. James Stapleton and Griffin’s assistant, John Raphael), Grannie also pays homage to such Annie tunes as “Tomorrow,” “I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here,” and “It’s the Hard Knock Life.”
Speaking to The Wrap about the spoof, Griffin appraised her vocals skills: “I’m like when Meryl Streep, who is a really good singer, said she had to be bad for Florence Foster Jenkins,” she said. “I purposely had to sing like that for my character. But don’t worry, when the offer comes from the Met and they want me to do La Bohème, I can f‑‑‑ing do it. That’s just easy.”
Watch the Grannie trailer above.