Broadway's Cinderella Delays Previews to Jan. 25; New Opening Night Set

News   Broadway's Cinderella Delays Previews to Jan. 25; New Opening Night Set
The Broadway production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Cinderella has rescheduled its performance dates for a second time, producers announced Dec. 5. Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana star in the family-aimed production that will now begin previews Jan. 25, 2013, at the Broadway Theatre.

Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana
Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana Photo by Carol Rosegg

In the days following Hurricane Sandy, the creative team announced that Cinderella would delay the start of previews by several days, eyeing a Jan. 24, 2013, start of previews and a Feb. 24, 2013, opening night.

That planned opening night date coincided with the 85th Academy Awards ceremony, prompting producers to now reschedule opening night to March 3, 2013. Rehearsals will begin Dec. 6, with the start of previews pushed back by one day to Jan. 25, 2013. 

Mark Brokaw (The Lyons, Cry-Baby) directs the production that reconceives the classic musical in a fresh dramatic context. The new incarnation of the musical features a book by Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane (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, it will now be Cinderella's turn to rescue the Prince.

Tony Award nominee Osnes (Bonnie & Clyde, South Pacific) and Fontana (Billy Elliot, Importance of Being Earnest) star as Cinderella and the Prince, respectively.

Completing the cast are Phumzile Sojola (Porgy and Bess, Three Mo' Tenors) as Lord Pinkleton, as well as Jill Abramovitz, Kristine Bendul, Heidi Giberson, Stephanie Gibson, Shonica Gooden, Kendal Hartse, Robert Hartwell, Laura Irion, Andy Jones, Andy Mills, Linda Mugleston, Peter Nelson, Nick Spangler, Cody Williams, Branch Woodman, Kevin Worley, Drew Franklin, Adam Jepsen, Alessa Neeck and Kirstin Tucker. The cast also boasts Tony Award winner Harriet Harris (Thoroughly Modern Millie) as Cinderella's Stepmother, Madame; Tony winner Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza, Sister Act) as the Fairy Godmother, Marie; Peter Bartlett (A Free Man of Color, The Frogs) as Sebastian, the Prime Minister; Ann Harada (Avenue Q, "Smash") as stepsister Charlotte; Marla Mindelle (Sister Act) as stepsister Gabrielle; and Greg Hildreth (Peter and the Starcatcher) as the rebel Jean-Michel.

Robyn Goodman, the Tony-winning producer of Avenue Q, In the Heights and the 2008 revival of West Side Story, Stephen Kocis (Barefoot in the Park) and Tony winner Jill Furman (In the Heights, West Side Story, Seminar) in association with Center Theatre Group produce Cinderella.

Cinderella has choreography by Josh Rhodes, with music adaptation, supervision and arrangements by David Chase. 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 by Nevin Steinberg.

The new production incorporates 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?"

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