Romeo and Juliet's Joe Carroll Will Be Cinderella's New Prince
By Andrew Gans
The Tony-nominated Broadway debut of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella has crowned its new prince. Beginning Jan. 28 Joe Carroll will play Prince Topher; he succeeds Santino Fontana, who received a Tony nomination for his performance.
Producers also announced that beginning Jan. 28 Todd Buonopane will replace original cast member Greg Hildreth as the rebel Jean-Michel and ensemble member Stephanie Gibson will replace Marla Mindelle as stepsister Gabrielle.
Tony Award winner Victoria Clark will return to the role of Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother Marie Jan. 21. Tony nominee Rebecca Luker has performed that role since September.
Also joining the ensemble in January are Jessica Hershberg (starting performances Jan. 7), Callan Bergmann (Jan. 7), Nathan Lucrezio (Jan. 10), Jeff Pew (Jan. 16) and Kaitlyn Davidson (Jan. 28).
As previously announced, multi-platinum pop star Carly Rae Jepsen and film and television star Fran Drescher will join the cast Feb. 4 as Cinderella and her stepmother Madame, respectively.
Joe Carroll comes to Cinderella directly from the recent Broadway revival of Romeo and Juliet, where he played Balthazar and understudied Romeo. He also appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Once.
Currently playing at The Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway in NYC), Cinderella began previews in January 2013 and opened March 3.
Cinderella has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, a new book by Douglas Carter Beane and original book by Oscar Hammerstein II. The musical is directed by Mark Brokaw. Josh Rhodes is choreographer. Music adaptation, supervision and arrangements are by David Chase. Orchestrations are by Danny Troob. Andy Einhorn is music director and conductor.
Leading the current cast are Laura Osnes as Cinderella, Santino Fontana as the Prince, Harriet Harris as Madame, Rebecca Luker as Fairy Godmother Marie, Ann Harada as stepsister Charlotte, Marla Mindelle as stepsister Gabrielle, Peter Bartlett as Sebastian (Prince Topher's mentor and Lord Chancellor), Greg Hildreth as the rebel Jean-Michel and Phumzile Sojola as Lord Pinkleton. Jill Abramovitz, Kristine Bendul, Callan Bergmann, Stephanie Gibson, Shonica Gooden, Kendal Hartse, Robert Hartwell, Jessica Hershberg, Laura Irion, Andy Jones, Brandon Leffler, Andy Mills, Linda Mugleston, Alessa Neeck, Peter Nelson, Kirstin Tucker, Cody Williams, Branch Woodman and Kevin Worley complete the cast.
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