The Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella will be getting a new princess and wicked stepmother. Paige Faure will be taking over the title role starting June 13 through September 7. She takes over from Carly Rae Jepsen whose four-month limited run ends on June 8. Faure will also lead the national tour, which launches Oct. 10 in Providence, RI.
Tony nominee Nancy Opel will assume the role of Madame, Cinderella’s wicked stepmother, on June 30, following Fran Drescher’s five-month engagement which concludes on June 29. She will also be in the show through September 7.
Paige Faure is currently appearing in Woody Allen’s musical-comedy Bullets Over Broadway, directed by Susan Stroman, understudying the role of Ellen. She had previously appeared on Broadway in Cinderella and in the original revival company of How to Succeed in Business… featuring Daniel Radcliffe. She has toured nationally with A Chorus Line, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Little Women and Aida. Regional roles include The Drowsy Chaperone, Cabaret and Honeymoon in Vegas.
Nancy Opel most recently appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award winning musical Memphis. She received Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics and Lortel nominations for her role in The Toxic Avenger. Other Broadway credits include Fiddler on the Roof, Urinetown (Tony nomination), Sunday in the Park with George, Anything Goes, Triumph of Love, Evita and others. She appeared Off Broadway, most notably in works by playwright David Ives. Nancy received Drama Desk, Lortel nominations for Ives’ Polish Joke and she won an Obie Award for John Epperson’s My Deah.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella recently celebrated its 500th performance at the Broadway Theater. The show was first seen as a beloved TV special originally written for Julie Andrews and broadcast in 1957 on the heels of her triumph in My Fair Lady. It was remade in 1965 with Lesley Warren and in 1997 with teen singing idol Brandy. This new stage version, with book by Douglas Carter Beane (Xanadu, Lysistrata Jones) and direction by Mark Brokaw (The Lyons, How I Learned to Drive), is its Broadway debut.