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Cinderella: Carly Rae Jepsen to make Broadway debut



Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen will make her Broaday debut in the Broadway premiere of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella.

The singer will star as Cinderella for a twelve-week engagement beginning the 04 Feb 2013. She assumes the role from Tony Award-nominated original cast member Laura Osnes, who will play her final performance on 26 Jan 2014.

Jepsen said,

Broadway has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl and I look forward to working with this incredibly talented cast to tell this classic tale. These last few years have been a real fairy tale come to life for me, so I feel especially blessed to play this part and be reminded that you must never stop dreaming!
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).

Jepsen joins the previously announced Fran Drescher who also makes her Broadwy debut on the 04 Feb 2014, assumming the role of 'Madame' from original cast member Harriet Harris.

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 currently stars Laura Osnes (Cinderella), Santino Fontana (Prince Topher), Rebecca Luker (Marie), Harriet Harris (Madame), Ann Harada (Charlotte), Marla Mindelle (Gabrielle), Peter Bartlett (Sebastian) Greg Hildreth (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

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