Cinderella: Santino Fontana & Laura Osnes to star

Laura Osnes will star as 'Cinderella' and Santino Fontana as the 'Prince' in the new, first-ever Broadway-bound production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, directed by Mark Brokaw, which is aiming for a Broadway opening during the 2012 - 2013 season.

Laura Osnes was last seen on Broadway as 'Bonnie Parker' in Frank Wildhorn's 'Bonnie & Clyde.' She also starred as 'Nellie Forbush' in 'South Pacific' and appeared as 'Reno Sweene' in the current revival of 'Anything Goes.' She made her Broadway debut as 'Sandy' in 'Grease,' having won NBC's reality competition "Grease: You're the One That I Want." She recently appeared in the ENCORES! production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's 'Pipe Dream' at City Center.

Santino Fontana's Broadway credits include 'The Importance of Being Earnest,' 'Brighton Beach Memoirs,' 'Billy Elliot: The Musical' and the 2007 revival of 'Sunday in the Park with George.' Off-Broadway credits include Roundabout's production of 'Sons of the Prophet,' 'Matt' in the 2006 Off-Broadway revival of 'The Fantasticks' and 'Perfect Harmony.'

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.

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.

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