"Call Me Maybe" Singer Carly Rae Jepsen Exits Broadway's Cinderella

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08 Jun 2014

Carly Rae Jepsen
Carly Rae Jepsen
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Singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen, who shot to fame with the #1 hit single "Call Me Maybe," departs the Broadway production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Cinderella June 8 at the Broadway Theatre.

Jepsen joined the Broadway cast in February, succeeding the production's original star, Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes. Paige Faure (Bullets Over Broadway, How to Succeed in Business...) will take over the title role beginning 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.

Cinderella currently features Fran Drescher ("The Nanny") as stepmother Madame. She will exit the production June 29. Nancy Opel (Memphis, The Toxic Avenger, Urinetown) will take over the role beginning June 30.

The production also stars Joe Carroll as Prince Topher and Tony Award winner Victoria Clark as fairy godmother Marie.

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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