Cinderella again delays preview & opening date

The upcoming Broadway premiere of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, directed by Mark Brokaw and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, has delayed its first preview and opening night for a second time.

The show, which begins rehearsals on 06 Dec 2012, has announced it will now preview on 25 Feb 2012 and open on 03 Mar 2012. (The previously announced opening date of 24 Feb 2012 turned out to be Oscar Night.) The first delay in the musical's production schedule was a result of Hurricane Sandy.

The show was originally scheduled to begin preview performances at the Broadway Theatre on 21 Jan 2013, and open on 21 Feb 2013.

Cinderella will star Laura Osnes (Bonnie and Clyde) as 'Cinderella' and Santino Fontana as the 'Prince', and also feature Tony Award-winner Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza) as 'Marie,' Tony Award-winner Harriet Harris (Thoroughly Modern Millie) as 'Madame,' Ann Harada as 'Charlotte,' Marla Mindelle as 'Gabrielle', Peter Bartlett as 'Sebastian,' Phumzile Sojola as 'Lord Pinkleton' and Greg Hildreth as 'Jean-Michel.'

Cinderella features music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, with a new book by Douglas Carter Beane adapted from the original book by Oscar Hammerstein II.

Douglas Carter Beane's new book for Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella re-charts the journey of the tale's maid-turned-princess: with pumpkin, glass slippers, fairy godmother and other classic story elements intact, it is now Cinderella's turn to rescue the Prince.

In addition to musical numbers from the original score -- including 'In My Own Little Corner,' 'Impossible/It's Possible,' 'Ten Minutes Ago' and 'Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?' -- this new production will include several songs from the Rodgers & Hammerstein trunk.

The creative team features scenic design by Anna Louizos, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Posner and sound design by Nevin Steinberg.

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein's most popular titles, Cinderella - which was written for television and debuted in 1957 starring Julie Andrews - has never been performed on Broadway, although stage adaptations have been performed worldwide since 1958.

Along with Cinderella, Rodgers & Hammerstein's musicals include 'Oklahoma!,' 'Carosel,' 'The King and I,' 'South Pacific' and 'The Sound of Music.

The musical is being produced on Broadway by Robyn Goodman and Aged in Wood Productions.

Santino Fontana and Laura Osnes

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