Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits- CINDERELLA!
A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With several weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters .
BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's CINDERELLA below!
Now in its second year on Broadway, Cinderella continues to play to large and enthusiastic audiences at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway) having just celebrated its 600th performance on August 9th, 2014. The original cast featured Laura Osnes, Victoria Clack, Santino Fantana, and Harriet Harris. The lastest casting additions include Keke Palmer as Cinderella, Sherri Shepherd as her wicked stepmother Madame, and Judy Kaye as Cinderella's Fairy Godmother, who begin performances later this fall.
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 romanticCinderella 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.
Paige was last seen in Woody Allen's musical comedy Bullets Over Broadway, directed by Susan Stroman (u/s Ellen). Paige previously appeared on Broadway in Cinderella and in the original revival company of How to Succeed in Business... featuring Daniel Radcliffe (Hedy La Rue, repl.) She has toured nationally with A Chorus Line, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Little Women and Aida. Regional roles include Janet in The Drowsy Chaperone featuring Clay Aiken and Beth Leavel at the North Carolina Theater, Sally in Cabaret at MGR, and one of Tony's Showgirls in Honeymoon in Vegasat Papermill Playhouse. So grateful to everyone at The Mine, and to all of the "Cindy" team for this gift of a show - it is an honor to have shared so much of the road of it with you! Abundant love to the Durand and Monley clans, and thanks to the Lord everyday for my handsome Prince, Adam, and our bright boy, Hank. Eph. 3: 4-21.
Joe comes to Cinderella directly from the recent Broadway revival of Romeo and Juliet featuring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad (Balthazar, u/s Romeo). Other Broadway: Once (Tony Award Best Musical). NYC Readings: Fly By Night at Playwrights Horizons. Regional favorites include: The Full Monty (Malcolm), Avenue Q (Princeton/ Rod), Chess (Anatoly). Television: "The Carrie Diaries", "All My Children". Training: BFA The University of Michigan and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Love and thanks to Mom, Dad, Franny, Alex, all the creatives, Adam and everyone at Cindy Tolan, and Stone Manners Salners. GO BLUE! @Joe_Carrollmich
Marie, The Fairy Godmother
Victoria is the recipient of 2005 Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance in The Light in the Piazza. Other Broadway: Titanic, How to Succeed..., Urinetown, Cabaret, Guys and Dolls, A Grand Night for Singing, Sunday in the Park with George. Encores!: Follies, Bye, Bye Birdie. Off-Broadway: Love, Loss and What I Wore, When the Rains Stops Falling (Drama Desk nom.), A Prayer for My Enemy, The Marriage of Bette and Boo. She recently starred in the acclaimed revival of Follies at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, and also starred as Mother Superior in Sister Act on Broadway.
Broadway: A Free Man of Color, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Frogs, Beauty and the Beast, Never Gonna Dance, Boom Boom Room. Off-Broadway: The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told (Drama Desk nom.), The Illusion, The New Century.Regional: La Jolla, Williamstown, Guthrie, ATL, Theatrein-the-Square (Jeffrey, Drama-Logue and Bay Area Critics Circle Awards). Film: The Princess and the Frog, Meet the Parents, The Producers, Jeffrey. TV: "The Big C," "Law & Order," "One Life to Live" (20 years as Nigel).
Broadway: Roger in Grease, Amos in Chicago (& National Tour) and many characters in ...Spelling Bee. Off-Broadway Todd has played a dog, a cow, a waiter and an improviser. Regionally, a series of best friends and sidekicks at the Pasadena Playhouse, 5th Avenue, Goodspeed, Papermill, Prince and Barrington. TV/Film: Recurred as Jeffrey Weinerslav on "30 Rock", "Grey's Anatomy", "The Producer", "Law & Order: CI", and "The Black Donnellys". BFA from The University of Michigan. @ToddBuonopane
Broadway: Addams Family (u/s Morticia), Spamalot (u/s Lady of the Lake). Tours: A Chorus Line (Judy) Happy Days(Lori Beth). Other: Anyone Can Whistle (Encores), Fingers and Toes (NYMTF), Robin and the Seven Hoods (Old Globe). TV: "All My Children," "As the World Turns," "Guiding Light," "Up All Night." Love to my family!
Ann originated the role of Christmas Eve in Avenue Q on Broadway and also appeared in the original London cast of the musical. Her other Broadway appearances include 9 to 5, as Madame Thenardier in the revival of LES MISERABLES and M Butterfly. She has appeared as a regular on the hit TV series "Smash."
Madame, Ella's Wicked Stephmother
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, written by Memphis creators Joe DiPietro and David Bryan. Other Broadway credits includeFiddler on the Roof, Urinetown (Tony Nomination, Best Actress), 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 Polish Joke and she won an Obie Award for John Epperson's My Deah. She attended The University of Kansas and The Juilliard School.
Lord Pinkleton; U/S Sebastian
Phumzile, a South African Native, made his Broadway debut last season in The Gershwin's Porgy & Bess. Off-Broadway/Tour: Three Mo' Tenors. NYCO: L'Etoile. Regional: La Boheme, Lost In The Stars. Recordings: Treemonisha. Love to my Zan Zan.
Broadway: 9 to 5; Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. Also: Sweeney Todd at Avery Fisher Hall, Papermill, Goodspeed, Kennedy Center, Barrington Stage, Westchester Broadway (Fanny in Funny Girl), White Plains PAC (Hedy in How to Succeed), The Lortel (Junie B. Jones), the Lamb's (Cam Jansen). TV: "Hostages," "Ugly Betty," "30 Rock," "Z Rock," "SNL." Lyricist/Bookwriter: The Dogs of Pripyat, Martha Speaks (TheatreworksUSA). jillaonline.com
Kristine Bendul, most recently seen on NBC's "Smash," has Broadway credits that include Come Fly Away, Movin' Out, Man of La Mancha, Swing, On the Town, and The King & I. She was nominated for a Helen Hayes award in 2005 for Outstanding Supporting Performer for her role in the 1st National Tour of Movin' Out, performed in Lincoln Center's Camelot, and appeared in four New York City Center Encore productions: On the Town, No Strings, Golden Boy, and One Touch of Venus.
Ensemble, U/S Ella, Gabrielle
Broadway: Nice Work If You Can Get It (Original Cast/Asst. Dance Captain). National Tour: White Christmas (Rhoda, u/s Judy). Favorite Regional: 42nd Street (Peggy); A Chorus Line (Val); La Cage Aux Folles (Anne). Training: CCM. Thanks to DGRW, Creatives and Casting of Cinderella, Joe G., K. Pope, and Pixie Dust! www.kaitlyn-davidson.com.
Broadway Debut, and couldn't be more excited! National Tour: White Christmas. Regional: Music Theatre of Wichita, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Infinity Theatre Co. University of Michigan graduate. Oklahoma native. Endless love and thanks to Mom and Dad, Henderson Hogan, CINDY casting/creative team, teachers, and amazing friends and family! Glory to God!
LESLIE DONNA FLESNER
Broadway: Chaplin, Follies, Finian's Rainbow. Encores: Fanny, Finian's Rainbow. Other: Honeymoon in Vegas (Papermill Playhouse), MUNY, NSMT, Portland Center Stage, Pittsburgh CLO, Maltz Jupiter, Ogunquit. HBO's "Boardwalk Empire". FSU Grad. Love to Mom, Dad, Justin, Jim Daly and the entire team at Cinderella for the warm welcome!
Shonica is a proud native of Atlanta, GA. Broadway and National Tour: Bring It On: The Musical. Graduate of Point Park University (BFA Dance), she has performed works by choreographers such as Martha Graham, David Parsons, Bill T. Jones, Robert Battle, and Daniel Ezralow.
Broadway: On a Clear Day... National Tour: CATS. Favorite regional credits include Cabaret (Sally Bowles), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Yitzhak), Crazy for You, (Polly), and Floyd Collins (Nellie). BFA Boston Conservatory. Thanks to my amazing family, friends, Barry, Dulcina, and Julia. Love to Austin. For Grammie and Grandpop.
Broadway: Bring It On (Steven), 9 to 5, The Times They Are A-Changin. Off Broadway: Altar Boyz. TV: "Glee!", "So You Think You Can Dance", "Faking It", "VMAs", "Emmy Awards Show". Film: Jersey Boys, Rock of Ages, The American Mall, Going The Distance. Thanks and love to my family! @NeilHaskell
Laura is beyond thrilled to be making her Broadway debut with such a magical team! First Nat'l Tour: West Side Story(u/s Anybodys). Regional: Muny, NSMT. University of Michigan graduate. Many thanks and love to CINDERELLA cast/creative, the Price Group, family, friends, and as always, Dad, Mom and Angie.
Nathan Lucrezio recently released his original songs/music videos, 'Crazy Girl' and 'Walk out the Door' ! Favorites; World Irish Dancing Championships (Medal Recipient), Lotte Lenya Competition (Emerging Talent Award) TV/Film: Smash. Tour: A Chorus Line (Alan DeLuca). NYC: Children of God (MITF, Nominated 'Outstanding Actor'), One For My Baby (New 42), Ordinary Days (York). B.F.A. MT (PSU). www.nathanlucrezio.com, Insta/Tweet @nathanlucrezio
Andy is incredibly grateful to be a part of CINDERELLA! He was previously on Broadway in Memphis, and also performed on the First National Tour of A Chorus Line, regionally in Grease, Swing, West Side Story, and The Daisy Bradford 3, and on the North American Tour of CATS. He sends endless love to his amazing family, and special thanks to Josh Rhodes and Lee Wilkins. It's possible!
Broadway: Anything Goes, Young Frankenstein, Wonderful Town, Nine, Into the Woods, Kiss Me, Kate, On the Town. Off-Broadway/Regional: The Sound of Music (Carnegie Hall), Sunset Boulevard (Portland Center Stage), Damn Yankees, The Sound of Music (The Muny), Kristina (Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall) Falsettos (Huntington Theatre) Happy End (A.C.T).
Peter is excited to be part of the CINDERELLA family! Bway: Chicago (Harry/Harrison). Favorite shows include Joseph..., A Chorus Line, Aida. Also performed with Odyssey Dance Theatre, BYU, Holland America Line. Love to inspiring teachers, students, family and friends. Thanks to The Mine. Dream it and live it.
Broadway: Chaplin, How to Succeed..., Promises Promises. West End, London: Candide, Footloose, A Funny thing...Forum, We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia. UK Tour: Guys and Dolls, Annie Get Your Gun, Saturday Night Fever. Associate Choreography: "Sound of Music" (NBC), "Kennedy Center Honors", "Tony Awards" Opening (2013), "Academy Awards" with Hugh Jackman & Seth McFarlane, A Million Ways to Die in the West, How To Succeed.
Ensemble, U/S Topher
Broadway debut! National Tours: Billy Elliot (Tony u/s), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (singer). Regional: Paper Mill, Music Circus, Magic Theatre. Pianist for ABT, Mark Morris Dance Group and CAP21. B.F.A. B.Y.U. Mom and Dad, I did it! Many thanks to all who helped me get here. Avalon Artists Group. jeffreypew.com
Blessed to join this enchanting production! Broadway: Mamma Mia (Ali). National tour: A Chorus Line (Connie). Favorites: Honeymoon in Vegas (Mahi). Readings: Behind the Painting; Hamilton Mixtape. Webseries: "Prison Dancer". TV: "The Sing-Off". Thanks to God, family, friends, Scott, Adam Caldwell, BBR, and the Cinderella family! www.catherinericafort.com
Adam Rogers is thrilled to be joining the cast of Cinderella! Broadway: Chaplin. NYC: Fiorello! (Encores!). Regional: Marriott Theatre, MUNY Theatre. International: Macua, China. Adam also danced with Kansas City Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet and Sarasota Ballet. Training: JKO school at American Ballet Theatre. Thanks to My Family, friends and CTG!
Broadway debut! Regional: West Virginia Public Theatre. Training: BFA in Musical Theatre from University of Michigan, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School. Thank you to all my teachers, Katie and Miguel, CESD, my family, friends, and MT14! Everything is for Mom.
Ensemble, Dance Captain
Kirstin is overjoyed to be making her Broadway debut in CINDERELLA! National Tours: West Side Story (Dance Captain, u/s Anybodys), A Chorus Line (Bebe, u/s Diana). Regional: Casa Mañana (42nd Street-Peggy Sawyer), The Muny, NSMT. Thanks to God, her family and friends for their love and support!
Broadway: Memphis. Other Credits: Helen Hayes nomination for Oklahoma! (Will Parker) at Arena Stage, Yank!(Cohen) with Roundabout and Old Globe, Singin' in the Rain (Cosmo), Atlanta Ballet, PCLO. CCM graduate. HUGE thanks to Doug, Josh, Lee, Mark, Andy, David, and Robyn for making this dream possible for me!
Broadway/National Tours: Crazy for You, Big, Bye Bye Birdie, Billy Elliot, Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Off and off-off Bway, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Actor's Theatre, Louisville, Papermill, Goodspeed, Milwaukee Rep, Skylight Music Theatre, among others, and many Southern California credits. Grateful to the CINDERELLA creative team and The Mine. Favorite credit: daughter Rebecca.