Laura Osnes Is Titular Princess in Revamped Cinderella Readings

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Recent Bonnie & Clyde star Laura Osnes, who will star in the City Center Encores! production of Pipe Dream, will take on the role of Cinderella in a New York reading of a revised production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein fairytale musical, has confirmed.

Director Mark Brokaw is helming the readings of Cinderella, which feature a fresh dramatic approach from Tony Award-nominated playwright Douglas Carter Beane (Xanadu, Sister Act, Lysistrata Jones). The readings are in anticipation of an April workshop to be followed by a Broadway production next season.

Osnes was last seen on Broadway as one-half of the titular duo of Frank Wildhorn's short-lived musical Bonnie & Clyde. She made her Broadway debut as Sandy in the 2007 revival of Grease following a talent search on the reality-television competition "Grease: You're The One That I Want." She was also seen in the Tony-winning Broadway revival of South Pacific and the new musical adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.

Robyn Goodman, the Tony-winning producer of Avenue Q, In the Heights and the 2008 revival of West Side Story, has aligned with Aged in Wood Productions to give Cinderella its Broadway debut after more than 50 years.

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.

His 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?" 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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