Producers of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella took a note from Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit song “Call Me Maybe” and they have indeed called her for the role of Cinderella in the Broadway production. The Canadian singer and songwriter will take over the role from Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes beginning February 4, 2014 for a 12 week run.
Jepsen will join a cast that includes Fran Drescher as her stepmother. Jepsen shared her thoughts in a statement released by producers saying, “Broadway has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl and I look forward to working with this incredibly talented cast to tell this classic tale. These last few years have been a real fairy tale come to life for me, so I feel especially blessed to play this part and be reminded that you must never stop dreaming!”
Prior to her musical work, Jepsen performed on the stage in high school musicals including Annie, The Wiz, and Grease. She later attended the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Her hit song Call Me Maybe shot her to stardom rising to the #1 spot on the Billboard charts in 47 countries, holding that position for nine consecutive weeks in the U.S. Her debut album entitled Kiss was released in 2012 and she won the American Music Award for Best New Artist as well as two Grammy Award nominations.
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.”