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).