By Adam Hetrick
07 Aug 2012
|Photo by Carol Rosegg|
Mark Brokaw (The Lyons, Cry-Baby), who has been shepherding the project that reconceives the classic musical in a new dramatic context, will direct. Opening night is Feb. 21.
The Broadway production will star Osnes (Bonnie & Clyde, South Pacific) and Santino Fontana (Billy Elliot, Importance of Being Earnest) as Cinderella and the Prince, respectively.
The cast will also feature actors who participated in an Aug. 2-3 workshop of Cinderella, including 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.
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 incarnation of the musical features a book by Tony Award nominee 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.
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?"
The property's closest brush with Broadway was a national tour that played The Theatre at Madison Square Garden in 2001. It starred Eartha Kitt as the Fairy Godmother and Jamie-Lynn Sigler in the title role. That production drew on several versions of Cinderella, including the original 1957 teleplay and the 1997 "Wonderful World of Disney" version.
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 original Charles Perrault fairy tale.