PHOTO CALL: Carly Rae Jepsen and Fran Drescher Make Broadway Debuts in Cinderella
By Joseph Marzullo
05 Feb 2014
Singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen, who shot to fame with the #1 hit single "Call Me Maybe," and TV and film star Fran Drescher made their Broadway debuts in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella Feb. 4 at the Broadway Theatre. Here's a look at the curtain call.
Fran Drescher, Joe Carroll, Carly Rae Jepsen and Victoria Clark
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN
Jepsen succeeds Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes in the title role; Drescher ("The Nanny"), who succeeds Tony winner Harriet Harris, steps into the role of Cinderella's stepmother Madame.
Jepsen will play a 12-week run in Cinderella through April 27, and Drescher will play a ten-week engagement through April 13.
"With its fresh, new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic Cinderella," press notes state, "combines the story's classic elements – glass slippers, pumpkin, a beautiful ball and more – with some surprise twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, the Cinderella of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical now on Broadway is a surprisingly contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting: a spirited young woman with savvy and soul, eager to develop a world view, she doesn't let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness. She not only fights for her own dreams, but makes the prince, who falls in love with her, open his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams, too."
The production has scenic design by Anna Louizos, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Posner and sound design by Nevin Steinberg.
Cinderella is produced by Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman, Stephen Kocis, Edward Walson, Venetian Glass Productions, The Araca Group, Luigi Caiola & Rose Caiola, Roy Furman, 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.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.