Laura Osnes, who originated the role of Cinderella on Broadway in the current production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, will be passing her glass slippers along to another young woman next month, when pop singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen takes on the iconic role.
Jepsen became an instant success when her song “Call Me Maybe” became a massive hit, and now the music sensation is making her Broadway debut. She will begin a 12-week run in the musical starting February 4. Actress Fran Drescher will also be making her first bow in Cinderella that day, in the role of Cinderella’s stepmother.
Cinderella, which has lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and music by Richard Rodgers, is playing at the Broadway Theatre. The show’s tuneful score features such songs as “In My Own Little Corner” and “Ten Minutes Ago”.
Television star Fran Drescher, best known for her role on The Nanny, will be making her Broadway debut next year when she takes on the role of Cinderella’s stepmother in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway.
Fran Drescher will begin her stint in Cinderella on February 4, 2014 and is scheduled to stay with the show for ten weeks until April 13. Drescher will be replacing Broadway regular Harriet Harris, who has been playing the part of the stepmother since Cinderella opened earlier this year.
In addition to her work on The Nanny, which earned her two Emmys, Drescher was most recently on the sitcom Happily Divorced. She also has plenty of stage experience, having performed Off-Broadway in plays such as The Exonerated and Some Girl(s).
Rather than attempt to compete with the massive fireworks displays that will be filling New York City skies on July 4, nearly every Broadway show (with the lone exception of Cinderella, which has a 7pm performance on Independence Day) will be cancelling its performance that evening. One show, the hit play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, will have a 2pm matinee that day. Otherwise, Broadway fans are out of luck if they want to celebrate Independence Day in a Broadway theater.
To make up for cancelling their Thursday evening performances, most Broadway shows are adding either a Monday night performance to their schedule or a Friday matinee. These added shows give people taking long weekends an opportunity to squeeze one more Broadway play or musical into their show-going schedule.
Normally, there are only about seven Broadway shows that play on the traditionally dark Monday night, but on July 1 there will be 16 shows to choose from. Friday matinees are a rarity, with Annie the only Broadway musical that currently has them on its regular schedule. But on July 5, a total of seven shows will offer 2pm performances.
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Broadway audiences have been loving the new Broadway production of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Cinderella, and soon people across America will have a chance to see the show in their own hometowns. Cinderella‘s producers have announced that they will be launching a national tour during the 2014-2015 season.
“We are thrilled to be taking Cinderella on the road,” stated producer Robyn Goodman. “We look forward to sharing the magic of Cinderella with audiences throughout the country.”
Recognized with nine Tony Award nominations, Cinderella stars Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana. The show’s book is by Douglas Carter Beane. The tuneful Rodgers & Hammerstein score includes “In My Own Little Corner,” “Ten Minutes Ago,” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?” A cast recording for the production was recently released by Ghostlight Records.
A New York City holiday tradition for 86 years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is also a great showcase for another NYC staple, Broadway musicals. This year’s parade, which will air on NBC from 9am to noon on Thursday, November 22, is going to showcase five of this season’s Broadway musicals: family-friendly shows Annie and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Christmas-themed Elf, the Matthew Broderick-starring Gershwin showcase Nice Work If You Can Get It, and the competitive cheerleading musical Bring It On.
Of course the hallmark of the Thanksgiving parade remains the massive balloons and parade floats that make their way along the parade route from the Upper West Side down to 34th Street. But performances from Broadway shows add a little musical spark to the proceedings. Given the broadcast’s enormous national ratings, this gives the featured shows tremendous exposure to potential ticket buyers. Bring It On in particular, which has struggled to fill seats, is likely to enjoy a box office boost due to its on-air performance.