Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana have been announced as the leads in the upcoming Broadway debut of “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.”
The new production will begin previews at the Broadway Theatre January 24, 2013, and the official opening is scheduled for February 24.
Osnes will play the title character, and Fontana will play the Prince. The announcement comes along with the reveal of the full casting of the production, which also features Tony Award winner Victoria Clark as Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother and Tony-winner Harriet Harris as her stepmother, Madame. Phumzile Sojola will perform the role of Lord Pinkerton, Peter Bartlett will appear as the Prime Minister, Ann Harada and Maria Mindelle will portray Cinderella’s stepsisters, and Greg Hildreth will play Jean-Michel.
Rounding out the cast will be Jill Abramovitz, Kristine Bendul, Drew Franklin, Heidi Giberson, Stephanie Gibson, Shonica Gooden, Kendal Hartse, Robert Hartwell, Laura Irion, Adam Jepsen, Andy Jones, Andy Mills, Linda Mugleston, Alessa Neeck, Peter Nelson, Nick Spangler, Kirstin Tucker, Cody Williams, Branch Woodman and Kevin Worley.
The production will be directed by Mark Brokaw, known for his work on “The Lyons” and “Cry-Baby.” The new production, which updates the classic tale of Cinderella, features a new book by Douglas Carter Beane, known for “Xanadu,” “Lysistrata Jones” and “The Little Dog Laughed.”
Here’s how the new musical’s official website describes the show:
“Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella” is coming to Broadway for the first time ever! Four-time Tony Award® nominee Douglas Carter Beane’s (Sister Act, Xanadu) delightfully romantic and hilarious take on the ultimate makeover story features all the classic elements you remember—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago” in this outrageously fun Broadway musical for dreamers of all ages.