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Breaking News: Broadway's CINDERELLA Announces Casting Update: Joe Carroll to Succeed Santino Fontana, Victoria Clark Will Return

Breaking News: Broadway's CINDERELLA Announces Casting Update: Joe Carroll to Succeed Santino Fontana, Victoria Clark Will Return

The producers of the hit musical CINDERELLA on Broadway have announced new cast members who will join the company in the coming weeks: starting January 28, Joe Carroll begins performances as Prince Topher, taking over the role from original cast member and Tony Award nominee Santino Fontana, who concludes his year-long run in the musical.

Also beginning January 28, Todd Buonopane will replace original cast member Greg Hildreth as the rebel Jean-Michel; and CINDERELLA ensemble member Stephanie Gibson will replace Marla Mindelle as stepsister Gabrielle. On January 21, Tony Award winner Victoria Clark will return as Cinderella's Fairy Godmother Marie, which she originated and for which she received a Tony Award nomination. Tony nominee Rebecca Luker has performed the role of Marie since September.

Carroll comes to CINDERELLA directly from the recent Broadway revival of Romeo and Juliet featuring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad, where he played Balthazar and understudied Romeo. He also appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award winning Best Musical Once. New York City readings include Fly By Night at Playwrights Horizons. Regional favorites include The Full Monty (Malcolm), Avenue Q (Princeton/ Rod), Chess (Anatoly). Television appearances on "The Carrie Diaries" and "All My Children." Joe is a graduate of The University of Michigan and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Buonopane appeared on Broadway as Roger in Grease, Amos in Chicago (also National Tour) and many, many roles in the original company of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Off-Broadway, he was seen in Henry & Mudge, Click Clack Moo, Don't Quit Your Night Job and The Butter and Egg Man. Regional favorites include Rob in the recent world premiere of Sleepless In Seattle The Musical, Nicely in Guys & Dolls, Mr. Snow in Carousel, Ralph Malph in Happy Days, Herschel in Gemini The Musical, Doogie in Surf and the 2001 National Tour of Godspell. As a cabaret artist and storyteller, Todd has performed and hosted at some of the greatest cabaret venues/Comedy Clubs in New York City and Los Angeles; and performed his one man show: Lying In The Driveway as part Ars Nova's acclaimed Broadway Spotlight Series. On television, Todd is most recognizable as Jeffrey Weinerslav on "30 Rock." Other television credits include "Grey's Anatomy," "The Producer," "The Black Donnellys," "Law & Order: CI," as well as the new films Claire's Cambodia, A Kiss For Jed Woodand Girls Will Be Girls 2. Todd received a BFA in Musical Theater from the University of Michigan.

Gibson is an original Cinderella cast member. Previous Broadway credits include Addams Family (Morticia's understudy) and Spamalot (Lady of the Lake's understudy). She has also appeared in the tours of A Chorus Line (Judy) andHappy Days (Lori Beth). Other roles include Anyone Can Whistle (Encores), Robin and the Seven Hoods (Old Globe) andFingers and Toes (NYMF). Film and television roles include "The Union" (Working Title), "You Must Be Joking", "Up All Night", "All My Children," "As the World Turns," and "Guiding Light." She also co-stars in the original webseries "Dates, Mates and Clean Slates." https://www.youtube.com/user/Datesmates

Also joining the CINDERELLA ensemble in January are Jessica Hershberg (starting performances January 7), Callan Bergmann (January 7), Nathan Lucrezio (January 10), Jeff Pew (January 16) and Kaitlyn Davidson (January 28).

As previously announced, multi-platinum pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen along with film and television star Fran Drescher will join the cast on February 4 as Cinderella and her stepmother Madame.

Currently playing at Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway in NYC), Cinderella began previews in January of 2013 and opened on March 3.

With its fresh, new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic CINDERELLA combines the story's classic elements - glass slippers, pumpkin, a beautiful ball and more - with some surprise twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, the CINDERELLA of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical now on Broadway is a surprisingly contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting: a spirited young woman with savvy and soul, eager to develop a world view, she doesn't let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness. She not only fights for her own dreams, but makes the prince, who falls in love with her, open his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams, too.

CINDERELLA has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, a new book by Douglas Carter Beane and original book by Oscar Hammerstein II. The musical is directed by Mark Brokaw. Josh Rhodes is choreographer. Music adaptation, supervision and arrangements are by David Chase. Orchestrations are by Danny Troob. Andy Einhorn is music director and conductor.

One of the legendary musical theatre duo Rodgers + Hammerstein's most popular titles, CINDERELLA was written for television -- debuting in 1957 starring Julie Andrews -- and only this year has made its long-overdue Broadway debut. Along with CINDERELLA, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's legendary musicals include OKLAHOMA!, CAROUSEL, THE KING AND I, SOUTH PACIFIC and THE SOUND OF MUSIC.

MR. Beane's book for RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA blends masterfully with the musical's beloved score with songs including "In My Own Little Corner," "Impossible/It's Possible," "Ten Minutes Ago" and "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?"

Leading the current cast of RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA are Laura Osnes as Cinderella and Santino Fontana as the Prince, Harriet Harris as Madame, Rebecca Luker as Fairy Godmother Marie (Victoria Clark returns January 21); Ann Harada as stepsister Charlotte; Marla Mindelle as stepsister Gabrielle; Peter Bartlett as Sebastian, Prince Topher's mentor and Lord Chancellor, Greg Hildreth as the rebel Jean-Michel and Phumzile Sojola as Lord Pinkleton. Jill Abramovitz, Kristine Bendul, Callan Bergmann, Stephanie Gibson, Shonica Gooden, Kendal Hartse, Robert Hartwell, Jessica Hershberg, Laura Irion, Andy Jones, Brandon Leffler, Andy Mills, Linda Mugleston, Alessa Neeck, Peter Nelson, Kirstin Tucker, Cody Williams, Branch Woodman and Kevin Worley complete the cast.

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