Victoria Clark, Ann Harada & More Join Laura Osnes & Prince Charming Santino Fontana in Broadway-Bound CINDERELLA Workshop, 8/2 & 8/3
Victoria Clark, Harriet Harris, Ann Harada and Peter Bartlett will join Laura Osnes as Cinderella and Santino Fontana as the Prince in a workshop of the new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA today, August 2nd and 3rd in New York, it has been announced by the musical's producer Center Theatre Group in association with Robyn Goodman, Stephen Kocis and Jill Furman.
Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA anticipates an opening on Broadway in 2013.
MR. Beane's book for Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA offers a new romantic twist on the ultimate makeover story of a maid-turned-princess, mixing fresh comedy and wit with the beloved tale's classic elements -- the pumpkin, glass slipper, masked ball and more.
In addition to musical numbers from the original score -- including "In My Own Little Corner," "Impossible/It's Possible," "Ten Minutes Ago" and "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?" -- this CINDERELLA will include several songs from the Rodgers & Hammerstein trunk.
Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA, one of their most popular titles, was written for television, debuting in 1957 starring Julie Andrews. The musical has never been performed on Broadway, although stage adaptations have been performed worldwide since 1958. Along with Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's legendary musicals include OKLAHOMA!, CAROUSEL, THE KING AND I, SOUTH PACIFIC and THE SOUND OF MUSIC.
Victoria Clark portrays fairy godmother Marie; Harriet Harris plays Madame, Cinderella's stepmother; Ann Harada portrays stepsister Charlotte; and Peter Bartlett plays Sebastian, Prince Topher's mentor and Prime Minister of the Kingdom. Marla Mindelle portrays stepsister Gabrielle, Greg Hildreth is the rebel Jean-Michel, and John Treacy Egan is Town Crier.
Victoria Clark 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 RAIN STOPS FALLING (Drama Desk nom.), A PRAYER FOR MY ENEMY, THE MARRIAGE OF BETTE AND BOO, THE AGONY AND THE AGONY, MARATHON DANCING. Carnegie Hall: "Opening Doors," a Stephen Sondheim tribute. Regional: FOLLIES at CTG/Ahmanson Theatre, Goodman (LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, Joseph Jefferson Award), Long Wharf, Intiman, Goodspeed Opera House, Virginia Stage. Film: "Harvest," "The Happening," "Tickling Leo," "Main Street," "Cradle Will Rock." TV: "Law & Order," "Law & Order: SVU," "Sweeney Todd in Concert" with the San Francisco Philharmonic. Concert: American Songbook series, Allen Room. Radio: Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion. Solo album: "Fifteen Seconds of Grace" (PS Classics). Director: Lyrics and Lyricists (92nd St. Y) "Serenade in Blue: The Mack Gordon Song Calvacade." Faculty: Yale. victoriaclarkonline.com.
Harriet Harris won the 2002 Tony and Drama Desk Award for Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE. Her other Broadway credits include PRESENT LAUGHTER, CRY-BABY, Old Acquaintance and THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER.
Peter Bartlett has performed on Broadway in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, A FREE MAN OF COLOR, NEVER GONNA DANCE, VOICES IN THE DARK, BOOM BOOM ROOM and A PATRIOT FOR ME. He appeared at Lincoln Center Theatre in THE NEW CENTURY and THE FROGS.
Ann Harada 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 is a regular on the hit TV series "Smash."
Laura Osnes was nominated for the Tony Award for her performance in Frank Wildhorn’s BONNIE & CLYDE (Bonnie Parker, San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award). She also starred as Nellie Forbush in SOUTH PACIFIC and appeared in the current revival of ANYTHING GOES. She made her Broadway debut as Sandy in GREASE, having won NBC’s reality competition “Grease: You’re the One That I Want.” She recently appeared in the ENCORES! production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's PIPE DREAM at City Center.
Santino Fontana's Broadway credits include THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, for which he received a 2010 Drama Desk Award, BILLY ELLIOT: THE MUSICAL and the 2007 revival of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE. Off Broadway credits include Roundabout's acclaimed production of SONS OF THE PROPHET for which he received the 2012 Obie Award, Matt in the 2006 Off Broadway revival of THE FANTASTICKS and PERFECT HARMONY.
Douglas Carter Beane is the author of numerous plays: THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED (Best Play Tony nomination) and AS BEES IN HONEY DROWN. He received Tony nominations for Best Book of a Musical for XANADU and SISTER ACT, and wrote the Tony-nominated book for the musical LYSISTRATA JONES.
Mr. Brokaw's credits on Broadway include directing the musical CRY BABY along with the plays THE CONSTANT WIFE, RECKLESS, AFTER MISS JULIE and THE LYONS. He directed the musicals A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration), MARTY (Huntington Theatre), and OUT OF THIS WORLD (Encores!). He directed the Pulitzer Prize-winning production of HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, along with AS BEES IN HONEY DROWN and LOBBY HERO. He is the Artistic Director of the Yale Institute for Music Theatre.
Center Theatre Group is Los Angeles' leading theatre company and one of the nation's preeminent arts organizations, programming theatre year-round at the Mark Taper Forum, the Ahmanson Theatre and the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Center Theatre Group's recent productions on Broadway include CLYBOURNE PARK, BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, 9 TO 5, CURTAINS and THE DROWSY CHAPERONE.
Robyn Goodman produced two Tony Award-winning musicals: AVENUE Q and IN THE HEIGHTS. Other Broadway credits include BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO, METAMORPHOSES, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK and WEST SIDE STORY (2009). She was co-founder and artistic director of Second Stage Theatre for 13 years and is currently the artistic consultant to Roundabout Theatre Company, where she is the Producer of its Underground Series.
Stephen Kocis is Vice President of Aged in Wood, LLC a Broadway Production Company which has been involved in such hits as AVENUE Q and IN THE HEIGHTS (both recipients of the Tony Award for Best Musical). Other Broadway credits include: BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO, AMERICAN IDIOT, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK (Associate Producer) and STEEL MAGNOLIAS (Associate Producer). Off-Broadway: ALTAR BOYZ.
Jill Furman was most recently represented on Broadway by SEMINAR. Past Broadway productions: IN THE HEIGHTS, which won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2008, WEST SIDE STORY, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, SLY FOX, FORTUNE'S FOOL. Past Off-Broadway productions: ON THE LINE, ADULT ENTERTAINMENT. Currently: the hip-hop comedy group Freestyle Love Supreme, which will soon shoot a television pilot for a cable network, and the upcoming film "Greetings From Tim Buckley," which she executive produced. In 2011 Jill received the Robert Whitehead Award for Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Theatre Producing. Boards: MCC Theater, David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. Member: National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.