Broadway-Bound Cinderella Will Get Workshop With Victoria Clark, Harriet Harris, Ann Harada, Peter Bartlett
By Adam Hetrick
An August workshop of the new Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, featuring a fresh book by Douglas Carter Beane, will feature Victoria Clark, Harriet Harris, Ann Harada, Peter Bartlett and more.
As previously reported by Playbill.com in April, Cinderella director Mark Brokaw (The Lyons, Cry-Baby) revealed that Harris (Thoroughly Modern Millie) is set to play Cinderella's Stepmother, Madame; with Tony winner Clark (The Light in the Piazza, Sister Act) as the Fairy Godmother, Marie; and Peter Bartlett (A Free Man of Color, The Frogs) as Sebastian, the Prime Minister.
Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes (Bonnie & Clyde, South Pacific) and Santino Fontana (Billy Elliot, Importance of Being Earnest) co-star as Cinderella and the Prince, respectively.
Also cast are Harada (Avenue Q, "Smash") as stepsister Charlotte, Marla Mindelle (Sister Act) as stepsister Gabrielle, Greg Hildreth (Peter and the Starcatcher) as the rebel Jean-Michel and John Treacy Egan (Sister Act) as Town Crier.
Brokaw will helm the Aug. 2-3 workshops that will have choreography by Josh Rhodes, with music adaptation, supervision and arrangements by David Chase. Cinderella is aiming for a Broadway opening in 2013. Dates of production and a Broadway theatre have yet to be determined.
Robyn Goodman, the Tony-winning producer of Avenue Q, In the Heights and the 2008 revival of West Side Story, Stephen Kocis and Jill Furman in association with Center Theatre Group will produce Cinderella.
Tony nominee Beane (Xanadu, Lysistrata Jones, The Little Dog Laughed), who also delivered a fresh book for the Broadway production of Sister Act, has recharted the journey of the classic tale in a new way. Retaining all classic elements of the fairytale, it will now be Cinderella's turn to rescue the Prince.
As previously reported, Beane's treatment will incorporate songs from the Rodgers and Hammerstein catalogue, as well as songs 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?"
The property's closest brush with Broadway was a national tour that played The Theatre at Madison Square Garden in 2001. It starred Eartha Kitt as the Fairy Godmother and Jamie-Lynn Sigler in the title role. That production drew on several versions of Cinderella, including the original 1957 teleplay and the 1997 "Wonderful World of Disney" version.
There have been three TV versions of Cinderella, which boasts songs by lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II and composer Richard Rodgers. Hammerstein penned the original script, drawing from the Grimm Brothers fairy tale.
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