Tom Hanks Hosts Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration June 10

Tom HanksLucky Guy star and Tony Award nominee Tom Hanks will serve as host for “Something Wonderful! The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein”. A gala benefit to raise funds for the Irish Repertory Theatre, this special concert will be held at the Broadhurst Theatre on June 10.

Featuring Shirley Jones, the evening will include an array of cherished Rodgers & Hammerstein’s songs, such as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “It’s a Grand Night for Singing,” and “Shall We Dance?”. Jones has a strong association with the famed songwriting team, as she appeared in the film versions of their classic musicals Oklahoma!, South Pacific, and Carousel.

Tickets to “Something Wonderful!” are $150-$350. Call 212-727-2737 or go to www.IrishRep.org for details.

Cinderella Will Waltz Into the Broadway Theatre

Laura Osnes

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical Cinderella will be enchanting Broadway this season when it begins performances at the Broadway Theatre on January 21, 2013.  Originally written for television, this lovely, comic 1957 musical will in fact be making its Broadway debut.  Rodgers & Hammerstein provide the memorable score, which includes such tunes as “In My Own Little Corner” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?”.  Hammerstein originally wrote the show’s book, but this production will be using a new adaptation written by playwright Douglas Carter Beane (The Little Dog Laughed, Lysistrata Jones).

Laura Osnes (who famously found Broadway stardom through the reality show Grease: You’re the One That I Want) will star as Cinderella, and Santino Fontana (The Importance of Being Earnest) will be her charming Prince.  The production will also include such well-loved Broadway veterans as Victoria Clark, Harriet Harris, Peter Barlett, and Ann Harada.

The original TV version of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cindrella starred Julie Andrews.  A 1965 remake featured Lesley Ann Warren as the famed fairy tale character.  R&B pop singer Brandy took on the role in a 1997 television version that also featured Whitney Houston as the Fairy Godmother.  This new Broadway production will have its official opening night on February 21.