Fran Drescher to Make Broadway Debut in ‘Cinderella’
TV star Fran Drescher will make her Broadway debut in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella as Madame, the wicked stepmother of the title character. She will step into the role on Feb. 4, 2014 for a limited run through April 13. The role is currently played by Tony winner Harriet Harris (Thoroughly Modern Millie).
Drescher is best known for her role as the title character on the long-running sitcom The Nanny, for which she received nominations for two Emmys and two Golden Globes. She also created, wrote, directed and executive produced for the series. Though this is her Broadway debut, she is no stranger to the New York stage. She appeared Off-Broadway in Some Girl(s), The Exonerated and Love, Loss, and What I Wore.
Cinderella opened on Broadway on March 3, 2013. It is based not on the Disney movie but on a TV special featuring songs by legendary team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, written especially for Julie Andrews and broadcast in 1957. It was remade for TV in 1965 with Leslie Ann Warren and in 1997 with singer Brandy. This new stage version has a revised book by Douglas Carter Beane (The Nance, Lysistrata Jones) and is directed by Mark Brokaw. The show currently stars Laura Osnes as Cinderella and Santino Fontana as the prince.