Cinderella: Victoria Clark and Joe Carroll
The Broadway premiere of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella has announced further cast changes in the coming weeks.
On 21 Jan 2014 Tony Award winner Victoria Clark will return as Cinderella's Fairy Godmother 'Marie,' which she originated and for which she received a Tony Award nomination. The role is currently played by Tony nominee Rebecca Luker who has performed the role since Sep 2013.
Joe Carroll will begin performances as 'Prince Topher' from 28 Jan 2014, taking over the role from original cast member and Tony Award nominee Santino Fontana, who concludes his year-long run in the musical.
Carroll comes to Cinderella directly from the recent Broadway revival of 'Romeo and Juliet' featuring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad, where he played 'Balthazar' and understudied 'Romeo.' He also appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award winning Best Musical 'Once.'
Also on 28 Jan 2014 Todd Buonopane will replace original cast member Greg Hildreth as the rebel 'Jean-Michel,' and Cinderella ensemble member Stephanie Gibson will replace original cast member Marla Mindelle as stepsister 'Gabrielle.'
Buonopane appeared on Broadway as 'Roger' in 'Grease,' 'Amos' in 'Chicago' (also National Tour) and many, many roles in the original company of 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.'
They join the previously announced Canadianian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen who will make her Broaday debut from 04 Feb - 27 Apr 2014 when she assumes the role of Cinderella from Tony Award-nominated original cast member Laura Osnes, and 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.Victoria ClarkJoe Carroll
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