Broadway Premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella Will Launch National Tour
By Adam Hetrick
The Tony Award-nominated production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, which charts a new journey for the fairytale heroine, will launch a national tour during the 2014-15 season, producers announced May 8.
Directed by Mark Brokaw (The Lyons, Cry-Baby), the new production of Cinderella began Broadway previews Jan. 25 and officially opened March 3 at the Broadway Theatre. The classic has songs by lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II and composer Richard Rodgers.
"We are thrilled to be taking Cinderella on the road," said producer Robyn Goodman in a statement. "It's exciting to have the romance and humor of our show embraced by audiences, and also to be recognized with so many awards nominations. We look forward to sharing the magic of Cinderella with audiences throughout the country."
A launch city for the tour has not been announced.
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.
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 Act, Xanadu, 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 Broadway production stars Tony Award nominees Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana as Cinderella and the Prince, respectively. Tony Award winner Victoria Clark as the Fairy Godmother, Marie.
A cast album was released by Ghostlight Records May 7.
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?"
Audiences hear the Rodgers and Hammerstein score anew thanks to David Chase (How to Succeed, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Flower Drum Song), who has re-arranged the material since it was first heard nearly 60 years ago. Chase also serves as musical adapter and supervisor on the production. Andy Einhorn is music director and conductor. Orchestrations are by Danny Troob.
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.
Cinderella has choreography by Josh Rhodes. Andy Einhorn is music director and conductor. 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.
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