Rodger & Hammerstein's version of 'Cinderella' to debut on Broadway, with a twist ending
Cinderella is set to make her Broadway debut this winter — but it won’t be the Walt Disney version with which the majority of fans are familiar. Instead, the Rodgers & Hammerstein telling of the classic fairy tale will premiere at NYC’s Broadway Theatre for preview performances starting Jan. 21, 2013, and an opening night set for Feb. 21, 2013, EW has confirmed.
The show comes with a new book based on the original by Hammerstein, written by Douglas Carter Beane (The Little Dog Laughed). And apparently in this updated version there’s a twist — Cinderella gets to save the Prince in the end — although details beyond that are scarce. The show will include songs such as “In My Own Little Corner” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” as well as tunes from the Rodgers & Hammerstein catalog.
This surprisingly marks the Broadway premiere for both the chambermaid-turned-princess as a character and this particular musical, which has been produced three times for television in the past, with Julie Andrews (1957), Lesley Ann Warren (1965), and, Brandy (1997) starring in the trio of incarnations. (Andrews as Cinderella in the 1957 version is pictured here.) The opening of the show may turn into a who’s-who of Cinderella past, as producers plan to invite the bevy of actresses who have played the character in the past in its various tellings, including Andrews, Warren, Brandy, Drew Barrymore, Anne Hathaway, Hilary Duff, Jennifer Lopez, and Julia Roberts.
Laura Osnes (Grease) will star as Cinderella and Santino Fontana (Brighton Beach Memoirs) as the Prince. Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza), Harriet Harris (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Ann Harada (Avenue Q), Marla Mindelle (Sister Act), Peter Bartlett (The Drowsy Chaperone), and Greg Hildreth (Peter and the Starcatcher) round out the currently announced cast.
Bringing the show to Broadway is a no-brainer, considering that fairy tales are so hot right now in movies (Snow White & The Huntsman) and television (Once Upon a Time, Grimm), plus the genre has seen great success on stage (Beauty & The Beast) in the past.
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