Jepsen and Drescher Extend in ‘Cinderella’
Carly Rae Jepsen and Fran Drescher will extend their engagements with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella through June 8. Both were originally scheduled to leave at the end of April. Grammy-nominated vocalist Jepsen plays the title role and Emmy-nominated Drescher is her wicked stepmother, Madame.
Producer Robyn Goodman said in a statement, “We were very happy when Carly and Fran joined the cast this winter and now we’re overjoyed that they will stay with us even longer. The humor and charm they bring to the show are enormously appealing both on stage and off.”
Due to prior commitments during the extension weeks, Drescher will not play performances April 28–May 5 and Jepsen will not play performances from May 16-20.
Canadian singer-songwriter Jepsen first achieved fame in the US with her hit single “Call Me Maybe” which remained on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for nine consecutive weeks. For her debut album Kiss, released in 2012, she won the American Music Award for Best New Artist and was nominated for two Grammys for Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year.
Drescher has been nominated for two Emmys and two Golden Globes for her role on the long-running CBS sitcom The Nanny (1993-99) which she also created and executive produced. She most recently starred in TV Land’s Happily Divorced.
Cinderella opened on Broadway on March 3, 2013. It was originally 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 teen singing idol Brandy. This new stage version has a revised book by Douglas Carter Beane (The Nance, Lysistrata Jones) and is directed by Mark Brokaw.