By Adam Hetrick
20 May 2014
Faure (Bullets Over Broadway, How to Succeed in Business...) will begin performances June 13. Producers also announced that Faure will headline the national tour of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, which launches Oct. 10 in Providence, RI.
Opel (Memphis, The Toxic Avenger, Urinetown) will replace Fran Drescher in the role of stepmother Madame beginning June 30. Drescher ("The Nanny") will depart the production June 29.
Both Faure and Opel are scheduled to appear in the Broadway production through Sept. 7.
Cinderella earned nine 2013 Tony Award nominations, including Best Revival of a Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Orchestrations, Best Costume Design of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical and Best Sound Design of a Musical. William Ivey Long won the Tony Award for Best Costume Design.
Cinderella, which premiered as a 1957 television film starring Julie Andrews in the title role, has been updated for contemporary audiences with a new book by five-time Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane (The Nance, Sister Act, Xanadu, Lysistrata Jones, The Little Dog Laughed).
His treatment recharts the journey of the classic tale in a new way. Retaining all classic elements of the fairytale, Beane and the creative team offer audiences a fresh take that gives the female heroine a stronger point of view.
The new production incorporates rarely-heard songs from the Rodgers and Hammerstein catalogue, including "Now Is the Time," "Me, Who Am I?" and "The Music in You." Also featured are standards from the original television version, including "In My Own Little Corner," "Impossible/It's Possible," "Ten Minutes Ago" and "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?"
David Chase is musical adapter and supervisor on the production. Orchestrations are by Danny Troob. Constantine Kitsopoulos is musical director.
It is produced by Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman, Stephen Kocis, Edward Walson, Venetian Glass Productions, The Araca Group, Roy Furman, Luigi Caiola & Rose Caiola, Walt Grossman, Peter May/Sanford Robertson, Glass Slipper Productions/Eric Schmidt, Ted Liebowitz/James Spry, Blanket Fort Productions and is produced in association with Center Theatre Group. Charles Salameno is associate producer.