Cinderella: Carly Rae Jepsen & Fran Drescher
Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen and actress Fran Drescher make their Broadway debut in the Broadway premiere of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella on 04 Feb 2014
Jepsen will star as Cinderella for a twelve-week engagement that runs through to 27 Apr 2014. She assumes the role from Tony Award-nominated original cast member Laura Osnes, who played her final performance on 26 Jan 2014.
Jepsen first came to prominence in 2007 when she came third in the fifth season of the TV talent show, "Canadian Idol." Her single "Call Me Maybe," which she co-wrote quickly rose to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart where it remained for nine consecutive weeks, and went on to earn her two 2013 Grammy nominations for 'Song of the Year' and 'Best Pop Solo Performance.' She has released two studio albums: 'Tug of War' (2008) and 'Kiss' (2012).
Fran Drescher also makes her Broadwy debut on the 04 Feb 2014, assumming the role of 'Madame' from original cast member Harriet Harris.
Drescher is best known for her iconic role as Fran Fine in the hit TV series The Nanny, which she also created, wrote, directed and executive produced. She recently starred as "Fran Lovett" in the sitcom "Happily Divorced." Other notable TV work includes "Living with Fran," "Princesses" and "Charmed Lives."
Cinderella opened at the Broadway Theatre on 03 Mar 2013, following previews from 25 Jan 2013, and is currently booking through to 29 Jun 2014.
The musical opened to mixed, but mostly excellent reviews: Glittery patchwork of a show (NY Times); Crowd-pleasing family entertainment (Hollywood Reporter); A solid and congenial framework for Rodgers and Hammerstein's wonderful songs (Record).
Directed by Mark Brokaw and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, the production's principal cast now stars Carly Rae Jepsen (Cinderella), Joe Carroll (Prince Topher), Victoria Clark (Marie), Fran Drescher (Madame), Stephanie Gibson (Gabrielle), Peter Bartlett (Sebastian), Todd Buonopane (Jean-Michel) and Phumzile Sojola (Lord Pinkleton).
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.
The musical is being produced on Broadway by Robyn Goodman and Aged in Wood Productions.
Carly Rae Jepsen as Cinderella
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