"The Nanny" Star Fran Drescher Bids Farewell to Cinderella June 29

By Adam Hetrick
29 Jun 2014

Fran Drescher
Fran Drescher

TV and film star Fran Drescher, who joined the cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella in February, ends her extended engagement in the Broadway production June 29 at the Broadway Theatre.

Tony Award nominee Nancy Opel (Memphis, The Toxic Avenger, Urinetown) will replace Drescher in the role of stepmother Madame beginning June 30. 

The cast also features Paige Faure in the leading role of Cinderella, alongside Tony winner Victoria Clark, Joe Carroll, Peter Bartlett, Todd Buonopane, Stephanie Gibson, Ann Harada and Phumzile Sojola.

The ensemble includes Jill Abramovitz, Kristine Bendul, Callan Bergmann, Kaitlyn Davidson, Leslie Donna Flesner, Kendal Hartse, Jessica Hershberg, Laura Irion, Brandon Leffler, Sam Lips, Nathan Lucrezio, Andy Mills, Linda Mugleston, Peter Nelson, Jeff Pew, Catherine Ricafort, Adam Rogers, Kirstin Tucker, Cody Williams and Branch Woodman.



Directed by Mark Brokaw (The Lyons, Cry-Baby), the new production of Cinderella began Broadway previews Jan. 25, 2013, and officially opened March 3 at the Broadway Theatre. The classic has songs by lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II and composer Richard Rodgers.

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 ActXanadu, 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.

Cinderella has choreography by Josh Rhodes. Scenic design is by Anna Louizos, costume design is by William Ivey Long, lighting design is by Ken Posner, and sound design is by Nevin Steinberg.

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.

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