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Cinderella: Rebecca Luker to play Marie



Three-time Tony Award nominee Rebecca Luker will join the cast of the Broadway premiere of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella playing the role of the Fairy Godmother 'Marie' from 06 Sep 2013 to the 19 Jan 2014.

Luker assumes the role from original Tony-Award-nominated cast member Victoria Clark, who is temporarily leaving the production for a new project (to be announced), returning to the musical on 21 Jan 2014.

Luker's Broadway credits: 'Mary Poppins' (Tony Nomination), 'Nine,' 'The Music Man' (Tony Nomination), 'The Sound of Music,' 'Show Boat' (Tony Nomination), 'The Secret Garden' and 'The Phantom of the Opera.' She was last seen on stage in NYC in the Off-Broadway world premiere production of Maury Yeston's 'Death Takes a Holiday.'

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), Victoria Clark (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.

Rebecca Luker

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