Playbill Poll: Who Should Be Cinderella's Next Broadway Prince Opposite Carly Rae Jepsen? Readers Respond

By Playbill Staff
January 5, 2014

Singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen, who shot to fame with the #1 hit single "Call Me Maybe," will succeed Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes as the next star of Broadway's Cinderella. Since Santino Fontana will also depart the musical for Broadway's Act One, we wondered: Who could be Broadway's next Prince?



Playbill.com polled our readers via Facebook and Twitter to see who they would cast as Prince Topher in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella.

Aaron Tveit

Sarah Packard: Aaron Tveit
Holly Rogers: Aaron Tveit
Danielle Nelson: Aaron Tveit
Mary Peck: Aaron Tveit
Danielle Nelson: Aaron Tveit

Aaron Tveit, who starred in the film adaptation of Les Miz, has been seen on Broadway in Hairspray, Wicked, Next to Normal and Catch Me If You Can. The singer-actor, who also starred as Roger in the Hollywood Bowl production of Rent, played to a sold-out crowd early last year at 54 Below. Read the recap here

Matt Doyle
Robert Wood: Matt Doyle
Lea Passione: Sebastian Arcelus or Matt Doyle
Jennifer James: Matt Doyle for sure. Just saw him as Elder Price in Book of Mormon and he nails the cute, fairytale prince quality.
@sass_is_real: Matt Doyle
@j_mastrianni: Matt Doyle!

Matt Doyle, who currently stars as Elder Price in the Tony Award-winning musical The Book of Mormon, has also been seen on Broadway in Spring Awakening, War Horse and Bye Bye Birdie.

Chauncy McButterbeans: Max Von Essen because, well, who could look and sound more like a prince than he does?
William Cortez-Statham: I think Max Von Essen would do quite nicely! If we are going for more of a "name" (as much as I loathe that term...), Justin Guarini would fit the bill.

Max von Essen

Max von Essen, who was last seen on Broadway in Evita, has also appeared in Les Miserables, Dance of the Vampires and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Robin Richard: Darren Criss.
Emily Rasch: Darren Criss! He is the prince of sorts on "Glee," and he would draw crowds, as shown in How To Succeed.
Margaret Daisy Rose: I could see Darren Criss take the role. I think he would look good with CRJ.
@MarkKaiserman: It should be @DarrenCriss

Darren Criss

Darren Criss, who rose to fame as Blaine Anderson on the Fox hit musical series "Glee," made his Broadway debut as J. Pierrepont Finch in the 2011 revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The actor is also known for his performance in the YouTube parody "A Very Potter Musical."

Matt Luminello: Nick Jonas... after his impressive turn as Finch in How to Succeed he would be well suited for the role of Prince Topher. His voice would fit the Rodgers and Hammerstein score well.

Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas, who succeeded Criss after his stint in the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, has also been seen on Broadway in Annie Get Your Gun, Beauty and the Beast and Les Miserables. He is also known as one-third of the pop boy band The Jonas Brothers.

R. Scott Reedy Jesse McCartney might be good, too.

Jesse McCartney

Pop star, singer, songwriter and actor Jesse McCartney rose to fame in the late 1990s with the boy band Dream Street. He also appeared on "All My Children," "Summerland" and "Greek." He is known as a solo artist and has appeared in various films and Disney Channel series.

@jonnyfullofglee: Jonathan Groff
@aulinua: JONATHAN GROFF.
@Rebecca_Nova: either Jonathan Groff OR @curtmega from Glee (Warbler)
@NewsiesFansies: Jonathan Groff

Jonathan Groff

Jonathan Groff, a Tony Award nominee for his performance as the rebellious Melchior in Spring Awakening, has also been seen on Broadway in In My Life and most recently voiced the character of Kristoff in the Disney animated film "Frozen." The actor, known for his work on television, has appeared on "Glee" and will star in the upcoming HBO series "Looking."

@LookOutBroadway: Derek Klena (@DerekKlena) would bring a lot to the role in my opinion.

Derek Klena

Derek Klena, who most recently starred as Fiyero in Broadway's Wicked, has also been seen Off-Broadway in Carrie and Dogfight. The actor will next appear in the Jason Robert Brown-Marsha Norman Broadway musical The Bridges of Madison County.

@onedaymore22: After Corey Cott leaves Newsies, he should be!

Corey Cott

Corey Cott currently stars as Jack Kelly in the Disney musical Newsies, where he made his Broadway debut.

@maia_ciara: Jeremy Jordan, Jonathan Groff or Darren Criss.

Jeremy Jordan

Jeremy Jordan, who was seen on the NBC musical drama "Smash," was Tony-nominated for his performance in Newsies. He has also been seen on Broadway in Bonnie & Clyde, Rock of Ages and West Side Story.