Fran Drescher Extends Run in Broadway's Cinderella

By Adam Hetrick
and Michael Gioia
13 May 2014

Fran Drescher
Fran Drescher

TV and film star Fran Drescher, who joined the Broadway cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella in February, has extended her run with the revival through June 29.

Drescher, who portrays Cinderella's stepmother Madame, joined the company alongside "Call Me Maybe" singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen as Cinderella. Drescher has extended her engagement an additional three weeks through June 29, while Jepsen will depart as scheduled June 8. Her replacement has not been named.

"With its fresh, new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic Cinderella," press notes state, "combines the story's classic elements – glass slippers, pumpkin, a beautiful ball and more – with some surprise twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, the Cinderella of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical now on Broadway is a surprisingly contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting: a spirited young woman with savvy and soul, eager to develop a world view, she doesn't let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness. She not only fights for her own dreams, but makes the prince, who falls in love with her, open his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams, too."

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. Constantine Kitsopoulos is music director and conductor.



The cast also features Joe Carroll as the Prince and Tony winner Victoria Clark as Fairy Godmother Marie.

The production has scenic design by Anna Louizos, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Posner and sound design by Nevin Steinberg.

Cinderella is produced by Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman, Stephen Kocis, Edward Walson, Venetian Glass Productions, The Araca Group, Luigi Caiola & Rose Caiola, Roy Furman, Walt Grossman, Peter May/Sanford Robertson, Glass Slipper Productions/Eric Schmidt, Ted Liebowitz/James Spry, Blanket Fort Productions and is produced in association with Center Theatre Group. Charles Salameno is associate producer.

Visit CinderellaOnBroadway.com for more information. 

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Fran Drescher, Joe Carroll, Carly Rae Jepsen and Victoria Clark
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