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RaisedOnMusicals
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Posted: 5/14/14 at 09:40am
It would not surprise me at all if the producers put in a realtive no-name to take over as Ella on June 10, perhaps someone who has previously been in the ensemble, with the view of casting her in the tour that begins in September. That way, the tour promoters can market: "Direct from her starring role on Broadway, Jane Doe in Cinderella." For one thing, as we saw last summer, it's the show, not the stars, that sell to the summer family crowd. What Fran and CRJ did very well was to keep the show on solid footing from January until now. Perhaps at the end of the summer they will have to back to the star casting strategy.

Of course, this is sheer speculation on my part. But I think it might made sense, and it will have the ancillary benefit of keeping the costs down in not having to pay stars. And it's also possible (and I think likely), that they'll get some type of name to take over from Fran after she finishes on June 29.

<--------Curtain call, opening night of A Little Night Music, Dec. 13, 2009
Updated On: 5/14/14 at 09:40 AM
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darreyl102
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Posted: 5/14/14 at 10:22am
From what I can remember, wasne't Cinderella doing just okay box office and when Fran and Carly joined, grosses went up considerably? if so, then star casting IS what keeps the show doing well.
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RaisedOnMusicals
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Posted: 5/14/14 at 10:30am
Darreyl, I think you might have missed my point. The show does (or did) just fine during the summer tourist season wihout "stars", but clearly stars were needed to get from post Christmas until now. Families who come in during the summer will see the show regardless of cast, just as they did last summer. You are right that there was a big lull in sales between the end of the holiday seson and the time CRJ and Fran came in.
<--------Curtain call, opening night of A Little Night Music, Dec. 13, 2009
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Posted: 5/14/14 at 10:37am
two flaws in the thinking, raised. First, you make the fatal producing error of being satisfied with doing OK. Rule #1 is that you need to do everything, always. Second, and perhaps even less debatable, the focus on the summer when demand is high, ignores the fact that the show will again have to contend with the fall thereafter, and that'll take stars to survive through to winter which, I suspect, will be the end of the road.
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RaisedOnMusicals
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Posted: 5/14/14 at 10:45am
HH, did you miss this part of my original post:

"Perhaps at the end of the summer they will have to back to the star casting strategy."

So maybe just one flaw in the thinking? And it's not my thinking, it's just a guess as to what the producers might do. I would have thought that if they had a star lined up, she would have been announced already just to build the advance for the summer.
<--------Curtain call, opening night of A Little Night Music, Dec. 13, 2009
trpguyy
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Posted: 5/14/14 at 11:28am
They wouldn't cast a no-name in the Broadway production only to be able to (hopefully) sell more tickets on the road. It just doesn't make financial sense.

The touring production is kind of already paid for, in the sense that the producers have a minimum weekly guaranteed income for at least a solid year. There are no guarantees on Broadway - a few bad weeks in a row and the show is done.
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CurtainPullDowner
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Posted: 5/14/14 at 12:46pm
Jane Doe would rock this role.

Why don't they cast Little Miss Grande?
smallvillefan16
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Posted: 5/14/14 at 01:48pm
She's too big right now to stop and play Cinderella.
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dreaming
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Posted: 5/14/14 at 01:59pm
I know. I really actually thought Ariana Grande might just put in a stint as Ella. Alas, her pending CD release makes that impossible. ARGH. I think she'd be pretty good.
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Posted: 5/14/14 at 02:32pm
Ariana definitely will be busy promoting her upcoming singles/album through at least September-October. I see her more likely starring in NBC's Grease more than I see her dedicating 3-6 months on Broadway.
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Posted: 5/14/14 at 02:45pm
Raised-I'm only good going back one post Ancient history was never my strong suit. lol
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Posted: 5/14/14 at 03:13pm
Any names being mentioned yet? I know she's not a name, but wasn't Laurie Veldeer at one point supposed to be an understudy for Laura, but then her career took another path?
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Posted: 5/14/14 at 04:31pm
Loretta Swit?
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Posted: 5/14/14 at 05:18pm
Arianne Rinehart (Liesl from the Sound of Music) would be a phenomenal option, and "famous" enough to put "from NBC's the Sound of Music Live" on the front of the house
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Posted: 5/14/14 at 05:26pm
The Christina Applegate one was a joke, right?
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RaisedOnMusicals
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Posted: 5/18/14 at 10:43pm
It looks as if my prediction about casting a "no-name" to replace CRJ was right. Someone close to the show told me a short time ago that she is going to be replaced by Paige Faure, who is now in the ensemble of Bullets, and who was previously in the Cinderellas ensemble.

But my thouoght that Fran might be replaced with another "star" or name turned out wrong. Nancy Opel will be taking over from Fran come the beginning of July. She's very talented, with a good Braodway resume, but neither of these replacements are known quantities, especially to the summer tourint crowd. So, it seems as if the producers are counting on the show selling itself during the summer season. I guess we'll see.
<--------Curtain call, opening night of A Little Night Music, Dec. 13, 2009
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JohnyBroadway
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Posted: 5/18/14 at 10:47pm
I am interested to see who they end up casting for the tour.
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gleek4114
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Posted: 5/18/14 at 10:47pm
I might have to see it for Nancy Opel alone...
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Posted: 5/18/14 at 10:52pm
JohnnyBroadway, I am guessing that Paige will go on tour as Ella, and that they will try to cast "stars" to take over in the fall, as without stars at that point I doubt that the show will survive until the holidays.
<--------Curtain call, opening night of A Little Night Music, Dec. 13, 2009
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Posted: 5/18/14 at 11:37pm
Is it bad that I wish the show would close so that Miss Saigon could potentially come back to Broadway in the Spring?
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LizzieCurry
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Posted: 5/18/14 at 11:53pm
Yes.
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Posted: 5/19/14 at 12:15am
Thanks Lizzie. I thought so.
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Posted: 5/19/14 at 12:25am
Phillytheatreguy, Laurie just did the workshop. I can definitely see them bring her on, or have her headline the tour. She's currently on Hero at Asolo, but I don't think that runs that long.
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Posted: 5/19/14 at 12:52am
I know there was sort of a conflict as the show is touring on a Seta contract. So the question is would anyone from the broadway company head onto the tour to make less than what they would be making in NY. I wonder if one of the ensemble men will be playing Topher?
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disneybroadwayfan22
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Posted: 5/19/14 at 05:38pm
So, 3 more weeks until the new Ella and NOTHING has been announced yet, huh? I thought we would hear back from now. We knew about Carly about 2 months ahead. If Carly was extending, they would have announced her with Fran.
Broadway Shows: Phantom of the Opera (January 2011), Mary Poppins (January 2011), Anything Goes (August 2011, W/ Sutton Foster, Joel Grey, and Laura Osnes), The Lion King (August 2011), Godspell (June 2012, W/ Corbin Bleu), Matilda the Musical (Original Broadway Cast, May 2013), Newsies (May 2013), Cinderella (W/ Carly Rae Jepsen and Fran Drescher, May 2014), and Aladdin (OBC, May 2014). Pre-Broadway: If/Then (November 2013/World Premiere, W/ Idina Menzel, LaChanze, and Anthony Rapp). National Tours: Wicked (October 2012), Beauty & the Beast (January 2013), & Jersey Boys (November 2013)

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Posted: 5/19/14 at 05:51pm
this is getting very weird.

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