By Andrew Gans
12 Oct 2004
Sarah Uriarte Berry, most recently on Broadway in Taboo, will star in the title role of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, according to her spokesperson. Christopher Sieber's spokesperson also confirmed that he will star as Cinderella's Prince in the musical, which plays New York City Opera Nov. 12-21. Complete casting is expected shortly.
Baayork Lee will direct the company and Gerald Steichen will conduct the orchestra for the mounting of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Others on the creative team include Henry Bardon (set designer), Gregg Barnes (costume designer), Abe Jacob (sound designer) and Celeste Montemarano (supertitles).
Featuring music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics and a book by Oscar Hammerstein II, Cinderella is based on the 1957 television special starring Julie Andrews in the title role. This stage adaptation will include three rediscovered Rodgers and Hammerstein songs. City Opera originally presented the rags-to-riches story onstage in 1993 with a cast led by Crista Moore as Cinderella, Sally Ann Howes as the Fairy Godmother, Nancy Marchand as Cinderella's Stepmother and Alix Korey and Jeanette Palmer as the wicked Stepsisters.
In related news, the original 1957 television version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" — starring Julie Andrews — will air on PBS stations across the country Dec. 13.
On Broadway Christopher Sieber has been seen in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Into the Woods, Triumph of Love and Chicago. His other theatrical credits include Boys in the Band, A Christmas Carol, Pal Joey, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Meet Me in St. Louis. Sieber’s television credits include “Two of a Kind,” “Sex and the City,” “Ed,” “All My Children,” “Another World” and “It’s All Relative.”
For more information, visit www.nycopera.com.