Two-time Emmy nominee Fran Drescher is set to make her Broadway debut in the Tony-nominated Broadway revival of Cinderella. Drescher will begin performances on February 4, 2014, taking over the role of Ella’s stepmother Madame from original star Harriet Harris. She will remain with the production through April 13 at the Broadway Theatre.
Drescher is perhaps best known for her classic role as Fran Fine in the hit CBS television series The Nanny. Other television and film credits include Saturday Night Fever, Summer of Fear, American Hot Wax, The Hollywood Knights, This Is Spinal Tap, Doctor Detroit, UHF, Jack, Living With Fran, and more recently Happily Divorced. In addition to those roles, Drescher has appeared in off-Broadway productions of Neil LaBute’s Some Girls(s), The Exonerated, and Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore.
Members of the cast that Drescher will be joining include Tony nominee Laura Osnes as Ella, Tony nominee Santino Fontana as Prince Topher, Rebecca Luker as Marie/Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother, Ann Harada as Charlotte, Marla Mindelle as Gabrielle, Peter Bartlett as Sebastian, and Greg Hildreth as Jean-Michel.
Cinderella is directed by Mark Brokaw and has been totally re-done by Douglas Carter Beaner, who provided a book for the production. The fairytale originally aired as a television special in 1957, starring Oscar winner Julie Andrews. The age-old fairytale has now been transformed into a charming, witty, and updated story that meshes well with the current generation. It combines the classic elements of the story such as the pumpkin and glass slippers with several surprises. Cinderella tells the story of “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.”