Cinderella Cast Album, With Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana, Released Digitally May 7
By Adam Hetrick
The original Broadway cast recording of Cinderella, the new Rodgers and Hammerstein production starring Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana and Victoria Clark, is released digitally May 7 from Ghostlight Records.
The cast of Cinderella began recording the album March 18. It will be released in stores June 4. The packaging includes a full color booklet, a plot synopsis by book writer Douglas Carter Beane and an essay about the history of the score by Ted Chapin, president and executive director of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization.
Mark Brokaw (The Lyons, Cry-Baby) directs the production opened March 3. Cinderella has songs by lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II and composer Richard Rodgers. The production marks the Broadway debut of the classic tuner that first debuted as a 1957 television musical.
The new production earned eight 2013 Tony Award nominations, including Best Revival, Best Actress (Laura Osnes), Best Actor (Santino Fontana), Best Featured Actress (Victoria Clark) and Best Book (Douglas Carter Beane).
Cinderella has been updated for contemporary audiences with a new book by four-time Tony Award nominee Beane (The Nance, Sister Act, Xanadu, Lysistrata Jones, The Little Dog Laughed).
The new production incorporates rarely-heard songs from the Rodgers and Hammerstein catalogue, including "Now Is the Time," "Me, Who Am I?" and "The Music in You." Also featured are standards 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?"
Audiences hear the Rodgers and Hammerstein score anew thanks to David Chase (How to Succeed, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Flower Drum Song), who has re-arranged the material since it was first heard nearly 60 years ago. Chase also serves as musical adapter and supervisor on the production. Andy Einhorn is music director and conductor. Orchestrations are by Danny Troob.
Tony Award nominee Osnes (Bonnie & Clyde, South Pacific) and Fontana (Billy Elliot, Importance of Being Earnest) star as Cinderella and the Prince, respectively.
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.
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 track list follows:
David Lai, David Caddick, David Chase and Bruce Pomahac produced the album with Kurt Deutsch serving as executive producer.
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