New Broadway Cinderella Will Reunite Director Mark Brokaw With Writer Douglas Carter Beane

News   New Broadway Cinderella Will Reunite Director Mark Brokaw With Writer Douglas Carter Beane
Mark Brokaw, the director who gave shape to productions of Paul Vogel's How I Learned to Drive and Douglas Carter Beane's As Bees in Honey Drown, will direct the first Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, producer Robyn Goodman announced on Jan. 12. Tony Award nominee Beane was previously announced as the adapter of the script for the new version.

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Goodman and Aged in Wood Productions will produce the new take on the classic musical that was first seen as a 1957 television project before becoming a popular stock and amateur theatrical title. There have been three TV versions of the title, which boasts songs by lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II and composer Richard Rodgers. Hammerstein penned the original script, drawing from the Grimm Brothers fairy tale. Tony Award nominee Beane's writing credits include Sister Act, As Bees in Honey Drown, Lysistrata Jones, The Little Dog Laughed, Xanadu and more.

Cinderella is aiming for an opening in the 2012-13 season on Broadway following a workshop production in April.

Brokaw directed the original productions of Beane's As Bees in Honey Drown and Music From a Sparkling Planet. Brokaw's credits on Broadway include directing the musical Cry-Baby and the plays The Constant Wife, Reckless and After Miss Julie. He directed the Pulitzer Prize-winning production of Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive. Brokaw is artistic director of the Yale Institute for Music Theatre.

According to production notes, "Mr. Beane's new book…re-invents the classic tale of a maid-turned-princess with fresh comedy, wit and satire: with pumpkin, glass slippers, Fairy Godmother and other story elements intact, it is now Cinderella's turn to rescue the Prince, reminding us once again that in a cruel world the act that matters most is kindness."

In addition to musical numbers from the original score — including "In My Own Little Corner," "Impossible/It's Possible," "Ten Minutes Ago" and "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?" — this new production of Cinderella will include several songs from the Rodgers & Hammerstein trunk." Aged in Wood Productions, led by Robyn Goodman, Stephen Kocis and Josh Fiedler, most recently produced Avenue Q (Tony Award 2004), In the Heights (Tony Award 2008), West Side Story, American Idiot and Altar Boyz.

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