Fran Drescher to Join ‘Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella’

 

But how will she pronounce “Ella”? The cruel stepmother in the Broadway musical “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” will get a Queens makeover this winter when Fran Drescher — best known for her nasal, glass-breaking twang on the CBS comedy “The Nanny” — takes over the role, the show’s producers announced on Monday.

 

Ms. Drescher, who has appeared Off Broadway in Neil LaBute’s “Some Girl(s)”and done brief stints in the plays “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” and “The Exonerated,” will make her Broadway debut as the highfalutin Madame, replacing Harriet Harris, who has proved a scene-stealer in the role. Ms. Harris is wrapping up her yearlong run and returning home to California. Ms. Drescher begins performances Feb. 4 for a 10-week engagement. “The Nanny” ran for six seasons in the 1990s, and Ms. Drescher received two Emmy Award nominations for best actress. Since then she has starred in two short-lived sitcoms, “Happily Divorced” and “Living With Fran.”

 

“Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” which originally ran on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, opened on Broadway in March to fairly good reviews; the show is based on the well-known tale, though in this version — with an updated book by Douglas Carter Beane — the title character (known as Ella) exudes pluck and smarts. The musical had strong ticket sales early on but has had relatively modest box-office success since the summer. Winter can be notoriously rough for Broadway ticket sales, and resorting to star casting like Ms. Drescher for a limited run to try to improve box-office performance is a common strategy.

 

 

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Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana & Andy Einhorn Unveil New Cinderella-Centric Frozen Yogurt

 

Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana & Andy Einhorn Unveil New Cinderella-Centric Frozen Yogurt

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Santino Fontana, Laura Osnes and Andy Einhorn

Looking for a way to cool down this summer while showing that you are a hardcore fan of Broadway’s Cinderella? Well, then head over to Times Square’s Tasti D-Lite location to try the new “Glass Slippers S’mores” flavor of frozen yogurt. And If you mention Cinderella you get a dollar off in the month of August! On August 16, Cinderella headliners Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana joined the show’s musical director Andy Einhorn to debut the new flavor inspired by the Tony-nominated Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and give it their royal seal of approval. (Anyone following The Princess Diary knows how much this trio enjoys a frozen yogurt moment.) Check out the delightful photos by Jenny Anderson below, and get a taste of the musical Cinderella, now running at the Broadway Theatre.

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Ciara Renee to Join Norbert Leo Butz & Kate Baldwin in Broadway’s Larger-Than-Life New Musical Big Fish

News By Lindsay Champion July 25, 2013 – 2:46PM

Ciara Renee to Join Norbert Leo Butz & Kate Baldwin in Broadway’s Larger-Than-Life New Musical Big Fish

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Big news: Casting is complete for the new Broadway adaptation of Big Fish! Ciara Renee will make magic as the Witch in the new musical, which begins performances September 5 at the Neil Simon Theatre. Katie Thompson, who originally played the Witch in the musical’s Chicago premiere, is no longer attached to the production, despite originally being announced to star in the Broadway cast. Renee will join previously announced Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz and Tony nominees Kate Baldwin and Bobby Steggert. Directed and choreographed by five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman, Big Fish will open officially on October 6.

Adapted from a novel by Daniel Wallace, Big Fish features music and lyrics by Grammy and Tony nominee Andrew Lippa and a book by Grammy nominee John August. Set in the American South, Big Fish tells the story of Edward Bloom (Butz), a charismatic man whose impossible stories of his epic adventures frustrate his son Will (Steggert). Will must embark on his own journey to find out who his father really is, revealing the truth to his father’s tall tales. Big Fish premiered April 2 at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago, starring Butz and Baldwin.

Renee is making her Broadway debut in Big Fish. She appeared in the pre-Broadway workshop of Bull Durham. Her regional theater credits include Rent, The Wild Party and Ragtime.

In addition to Butz as Edward Bloom, Baldwin as Sandra Bloom and Steggert as Will Bloom, Big Fish will star Krystal Joy Brown as Josephine Bloom and Zachary Unger and Anthony Pierini alternating performances as Young Will. Big Fish will also feature Ryan Andes as Karl the Giant, Ben Crawford as Don Price, J. C. Montgomery as Dr. Bennett, Tony nominee Brad Oscar as Amos Calloway, Kirsten Scott as Jenny Hill, Sarrah Strimel as Girl in the Water and Alex Brightman as Zacky Price. The production will also feature Preston Truman Boyd, Bree Branker, Joshua Buscher, Robin Campbell, Bryn Dowling, Jason Lee Garrett, Leah Hofmann, Synthia Link, Angie Schworer, Lara Seibert, Tally Sessions, Cary Tedder and Ashley Yeater.

Click below to see Renee’s soulful take on “The Man That Got Away” at 54 Below!

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Full Cast Announced for Norbert Leo Butz & Kate Baldwin-Led BIG FISH on Broadway!

Thursday, July 25, 2013; 02:07 PM – by BWW News Desk

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Directed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (Contact, The Producers, The Scottsboro Boys), with music and lyrics by Grammy and Tony Award nominee Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, The Addams Family), and a book by Grammy and BAFTA Award nominee John August (Frankenweenie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Big Fish begins performances on Thursday, September 5, 2013 and will open Sunday, October 6, 2013 at the Neil Simon Theatre.

Starring two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Catch Me If You Can) as Edward Bloom, Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin (Giant, Finian’s Rainbow) as Sandra Bloom, Tony Award nominee Bobby Steggert (Giant, Ragtime) as Will Bloom,Krystal Joy Brown (Leap Of Faith) as Josephine Bloom, Anthony Pierini (Mary Poppins) and Zachary Unger (Chaplin) alternating as Young Will, and featuring Ryan Andes, Ben Crawford, J. C. Montgomery, Tony Award nominee Brad Oscar, Ciara Renee, Kirsten Scott and Sarrah Strimel, Big Fish has a cast of 27 that includes Preston Truman Boyd, Bree Branker, Alex Brightman, Joshua Buscher, Robin Campbell, Bryn Dowling, Jason Lee Garrett, Leah Hofmann, Synthia Link, Angie Schworer, Lara Seibert, Tally Sessions, Cary Tedder and Ashley Yeater.

The Neil Simon Theatre box office (250 West 52 Street) will open on August 8, 2013 and tickets for Big Fish range from $49 – $142. Tickets are currently on sale at Ticketmaster.com (866-870-2717). The playing schedule for Big Fish is as follows: Monday through Friday at 8pm with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays. There will be no 2pm matinee on Wednesday, September 11. Beginning October 7, 2013, the playing schedule for Big Fish is as follows: Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm and Wednesday at 8pm with matinees on Wednesday at 2pm, Saturday at 2pmand Sunday at 3pm.

BIG FISH centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. Big Fish is about dreaming, loving and living bigger.

BIG FISH has scenic design by Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award winner Julian Crouch, costume design by six-time Tony Award winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by two-time Tony Award winner Donald Holder, sound design by Los Angeles Drama Critics Award winner Jon Weston, projection design by Drama Desk Award winner Benjamin Pearcy for 59 Productions, wig and hair design by Paul Huntley, make-up design by Angelina Avallone, musical direction by Mary-Mitchell Campbell, orchestrations by Tony Award winner Larry Hochman and dance arrangements by Sam Davis. Big Fish is produced by Dan Jinks, Bruce Cohen and Stage Entertainment USA with Roy Furman, Broadway Across America/Rich Entertainment Group, John Domo, The Nederlander Organization and Edward Walson in association with CJ E&M, Dancing Elephant Productions, Ted Liebowitz, Lucky Fish, Parrothead Productions, RKO Stage, Harvey Weinstein/Carole L. Haber, Peter May/Jim Fantaci, and Columbia Pictures.

BIG FISH is based on the 1998 novel “Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions” by Daniel Wallace, and the 2003 critically acclaimed film from Columbia Pictures written by John August. Directed by Tim Burton, the film starred Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange and Helena Bonham Carter, and was nominated for an Academy Award, Grammy Award, 4 Golden Globe Awards and 7 BAFTA Awards. Big Fish had its pre-Broadway world premiere at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre in a critically-lauded 5-week engagement from Tuesday, April 2, 2013, through Sunday, May 5, 2013.

Casting Complete for Broadway’s Big Fish; Neil Simon Box Office Opens in August

By Andrew Gans
25 Jul 2013

 

Kate Baldwin and Norbert Leo Butz
Kate Baldwin and Norbert Leo Butz
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Complete casting has been announced for the new Broadway musical Big Fish, which will begin previews Sept. 5 prior to an official opening Oct. 6 at the Neil Simon Theatre.

Directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman, the musical features music and lyrics by Grammy and Tony Award nominee Andrew Lippa and a book by Grammy and BAFTA Award nominee John August.

The box office at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 West 52nd Street) will open for business Aug. 8; tickets are priced at $49-$142.

The complete Broadway company comprises two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz as Edward Bloom, Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin as Sandra Bloom, Tony Award nominee Bobby Steggert as Will Bloom, Krystal Joy Brown as Josephine Bloom, Anthony Pierini and Zachary Unger alternating as Young Will, with Ryan Andes, Ben Crawford, J. C. Montgomery, Tony Award nominee Brad Oscar, Ciara Renee as The Witch, Kirsten Scott and Sarrah Strimel as well as Preston Truman Boyd, Bree Branker, Alex Brightman, Joshua Buscher, Robin Campbell, Bryn Dowling, Jason Lee Garrett, Leah Hofmann, Synthia Link, Angie Schworer, Lara Seibert, Tally Sessions, Cary Tedder and Ashley Yeater.



Big Fish, according to press notes, centers on “Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.”

The production will also feature scenic design by Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award winner Julian Crouch, costume design by six-time Tony Award winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by two-time Tony Award winner Donald Holder, sound design by Los Angeles Drama Critics Award winner Jon Weston, projection design by Drama Desk Award winner Benjamin Pearcy for 59 Productions, wig and hair design by Paul Huntley, make-up design by Angelina Avallone, musical direction by Mary-Mitchell Campbell, orchestrations by Tony Award winner Larry Hochman and dance arrangements by Sam Davis.

Big Fish is produced by Dan Jinks, Bruce Cohen and Stage Entertainment USA with Roy Furman, Broadway Across America/Rich Entertainment Group, John Domo, The Nederlander Organization and Edward Walson in association with CJ E&M, Dancing Elephant Productions, Ted Liebowitz, Lucky Fish, Parrothead Productions, RKO Stage, Harvey Weinstein/Carole L. Haber, Peter May/Jim Fantaci and Columbia Pictures.

The musical is based on the 1998 novel “Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions” by Daniel Wallace, and the 2003 critically acclaimed film from Columbia Pictures written by John August.

Big Fish had its pre-Broadway world premiere at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre in April.

Tickets are currently on sale at Ticketmaster.com or by calling (866) 870-2717.

CINDERELLA MUSIC REVIEW

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Album: Cinderella (Ghostlight Records)

Why we care: The big family musical theater outing of the year, this Rodgers and Hammerstein gem was first seen (by an audience of more than 107 million) in a 1957 live CBS broadcast, staring Julie Andrews, and later remade for TV with Lesley Ann Warren (1965) and Brandy and Whitney Houston (1997). But it was not done on Broadway until now.

Why we like it: Laura Osnes is radiant as Cinderella, or “Ella,” her fairy godmother is the droll Victoria Clark, and Santino Fontana is the prince named Topher. Annoyingly, for purists, the CD booklet has lots of photos from the show but no lyrics (available only online).

Reminds us of: Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, et al

Download these: In My Own Little Corner, Impossible, Cinderella Waltz, A Lovely Night

Grade: A-

IF THE SHOE FITS

It’s a fairy-tale moment for Broadway star Laura Osnes and Glee crooner Darren Criss, who size each other up Tuesday backstage at her N.Y.C. show, the stage adaptation of Cinderella. http://www.people.com/people/gallery/0,,20712147_21352475,00.html IF THE SHOE FITS photo | Darren Criss

Mystery Guest: `Cinderella’ Star Laura Osnes

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TKTS discount-ticket booth celebrates its 40th birthday

Times Square institution operated by the Theatre Development Fund has sold more than 58 million tickets; ‘Cinderella’ star Laura Osnes kicked off the festivities by ringing the opening bell at NYSE

From left,  Theatre Development Fund’s chairman Earl D. Weiner, Laura Osnes, star of Broadway's Rodgers and Hammerstein's “Cinderella,” and TDF executive director Victoria Bailey ring the opening bell of NYSE on the 40th anniversary of the day the TKTS booth first opened in Times Square.

Broadway’s longest running production just turned 40.

The beloved discount ticket booth TKTS at 47th St. celebrates its Big 4-0 with a starry ceremony on Wednesday — and deal-seeking theater-lovers say bagging a bargain never gets old.

“I’ve never been to a Broadway show,” says Cathy Abbott, 44, from Alberta, Canada, who snagged two razzle-dazzle-worthy seats to “Chicago” for 40% off. “ Someone told me this is the place to get cheap tickets.”

Run by the Theatre Development Fund, TKTS has sold more than 58.5 million same-day discount tickets to Broadway, Off-Broadway, music and dance events since June 25, 1973. That adds up to $1.9 billion in revenue.

On Tuesday, “Cinderella” star Laura Osnes raised the curtain on the festivities by ringing the Opening Bell at the NYSE. Next comes Wednesday’s 11 a.m. anniversary celebration in Times Square, featuring a cast including actress and comedian Julie Halston and actor and writer Harvey Fierstein, who wrote the book to the Broadway hits “Newsies” and “Kinky Boots.” (Tough luck, Broadway buffs, neither of those shows is up for discount at TKTS.)

It’s no mystery why TKTS has reached this milestone — theater fans are just as stingy as everyone else.

“Times Square has changed a lot in 40 years,” says TDF’s executive director Victoria Bailey, “but many people still need discounted tickets and are hungry for information and conversation about the theater.”