Pop Singer Carly Rae Jepsen to Take Over Lead Role in ‘Cinderella’
Multi-platinum pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen will step into the glass slippers of the title character in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. She takes over the part from Tony winner Laura Osnes on Feb. 4 and will be in the show for a 12-week limited engagement. Also joining the cast on the same date will be TV star Fran Drescher (The Nanny) who will be playing Cinderella’s wicked stepmother, Madame. Both actresses are making their Broadway debut.
Canadian singer-songwriter Jepsen first achieved fame in the U.S. 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. She appeared with Justin Bieber on his U.S. and European tours, headlined her own tour and is now working on her new album for release in 2014.
“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,” Jepsen said in a statement. “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!”
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.