The dazzling fairy tale of Cinderella premieres on the Broadway stage for the first time. Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical that was originally composed and produced on television, finally hits the boards of Broadway for 2013.
The stage version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is based on the 1957 television special created by the ultimate musical dream-team, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The show featured musical icon Julie Andrews as "Cinderella." Stage productions of Cinderella have been mounted around the world since 1958, but 2013 marks the show's Broadway premiere.
This new production has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and a new book by four-time Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane, who worked on Xanadu, Sister Act, Lysistrata Jones, and The Little Dog Laughed.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is playing the Broadway Theatre located at 1681 Broadway at 53rd Street. Preview performances began on January 25, 2013, and the official Opening Night is set for March 3, 2013.
The production and design team on Cinderella bring years of experience to the fore to create a magical production. This new version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is directed by Mark Brokaw, who also worked on Cry Baby, The Lyons, and How I Learned to Drive. Choreography is by Josh Rhodes, and the music is in the capable hands of Andy Einhorn, who leads the cast from the pit as Music Director and Conductor. David Chase handled the music adaptation, supervision, and arrangements.
This updated Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella offers familiar favorites with the pumpkin, the glass slipper, and the masked ball, while adding a romantic twist and fresh comedic scenes to round out the classic themes of romance and love. Using songs from R+H's original score, such as "In My Own Little Corner," "Impossible/It's Possible," "Ten Minutes Ago," and "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?," the new Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella brings in four additional songs from the Rodgers and Hammerstein catalogue.
Leading the cast in the title role of the maid-turned-princess in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is Laura Osnes. She earned a Tony Award nomination Award for her portrayal of "Bonnie Parker" in Frank Wildhorn's Bonnie & Clyde, and appeared on Broadway in South Pacific, the Tony Award-winning revival of Anything Goes, and made her Broadway debut in the revival of Kathleen Marshall's revival production of Grease.
Co-starring as the "Prince" is Santino Fontana, who appeared in The Importance of Being Earnest and earned a Drama Desk Award for Brighton Beach Memoirs and an Obie Award for Sons of the Prophet. In the role of "Marie, the Fairy Godmother" is Broadway veteran Victoria Clark, who won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her work in The Light in the Piazza. Playing "Madame, Cinderella's Stepmother," is Harriet Harris, who won the Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for Thoroughly Modern Millie, and is known to television audiences for her appearances on "Frasier" and "Desperate Housewives."Joining them on stage are Ann Harada of Avenue Q, 9 to 5, and television's "SMASH" as stepsister "Charlotte" and Marla Mindelle of Sister Act and South Pacific as stepsister "Gabrielle." Playing "Sebastian," Prince Topher's mentor and Lord Chancellor is Peter Bartlett who appeared in the Tony-winning The Drowsy Chaperone and The Beauty and the Beast. Greg Hildreth of Peter and the Starcatcher and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson plays the rebel "Jean-Michel," and Phumzile Sojola of The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess plays "Lord Pinkleton."
The ensemble cast is rounded out by Jill Abramovitz, Kristine Bendul, Drew Franklin, Heidi Giberson, Stephanie Gibson, Shonica Gooden, Kendal Hartse, Robert Hartwell, Laura Irion, Adam Jepsen, Andy Jones, Andy Mills, Linda Mugleston, Alessa Neeck, Peter Nelson, Nick Spangler, Kirstin Tucker, Cody Williams, Branch Woodman, and Kevin Worley.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella features Scenic Design by Anna Louizos, who earned a Tony Award nomination for In the Heights, and also worked on High Fidelity, Avenue Q and Irving Berlins' White Christmas. Costume design is led by five-time Tony Award-winning designer William Ivey Long, who worked on Hairspray, The Producers, Grey Gardens, Crazy for You, Nine. Lighting Design is by Ken Posner, who won the Tony Award for The Coast of Utopia and also lit Wicked, Hairspray, and Other Desert Cities. Sound Design is by Nevin Steinberg who designed The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, La Boheme, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Hair, and In the Heights.Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is presented on Broadway by Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman, Stephen Kocis, Edward Walson, Venetian Glass Productions, The Araca Group, Luigi and Rose Caiola, Roy Furman, Walter S. Grossman, Peter W. May/Sanford Robertson, Glass Slipper Productions LLC/Eric Schmidt, Ted Liebowitz/James Spry and Center Theatre Group. Lawrence C. Salameno is the associate producer.
Along with Cinderella, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's legendary musicals include Oklahoma!, Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific, and The Sound of Music.
For more information on cast, songs, schedule, and tickets, visit the show's website.