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Cody, Lyng, Franz, Mathis & Keith Join Paper Mill Cinderella Cast

The cast of the upcoming Paper Mill Playhouse production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella is now complete with Jennifer Cody, Suzzanne Douglas, Joy Franz, Larry Keith, Nora Mae Lyng, Stanley Wayne Mathis and Janelle Anne Robinson joining winsome chimney-sweep Angela Gaylor (La Cage aux Folles) and her Prince Charming Paolo Montalban (Pacific Overtures, several versions of Cinderella).

Cody (Lippa's The Wild Party, Urinetown) and Robinson (off-Broadway's Slag Heap) have been cast as wicked stepsisters Joy and Grace, while Lyng (Amour, Into the Woods, Cabaret) will play Cinderella's scheming Stepmother. In the royal family are Franz (Into the Woods--original and revival, Pippin) as Queen Constantina, Keith (Caroline, or Change, Cabaret, Titanic) as King Maximilian, and Mathis (Wonderful Town, Kiss Me, Kate) is the steward Lionel. Suzzanne Douglas (3 Penny Opera, Into the Woods) will flitter as the Fairy Godmother.

Gabriel Barre (Starmites, Rags) will direct the musical, which will run from October 19th through December 4th at the esteemed theatre in Milburn, NJ. As the Paper Mill's website describes the show, Cinderella "brings adventure, romance, and a miraculous kingdom to the stage. As the timeless fairy tale unfolds, a pumpkin turns into a golden coach, mice turn into horses, a dove becomes a footman, and a famously shabby maid sees her wildest dreams come true." Jim Youmans (sets), Pamela Scofield (costumes), Tim Hunter (lighting), Duncan Edwards (sound) and Gerard Kelley (hair and wigs) comprise the show's creative team.

A 
multi-racial 1997 ABC/Disney telemusical of Cinderella starred Brandy in the title role, Montalban as the Prince and Whitney Houston as the Fairy Godmother. It was the second remake of the beloved 1957 television classic, which featured a book by Hammerstein. Julie Andrews beamed as Cinderella, and it also starred Jon Cypher as the Prince, theatre couple Howard Lindsay and Dorothy Stickney as the King and Queen, Alice Ghostley and Kaye Ballard as the Stepsisters and Edie Adams as the Fairy Godmother. The first 1965 remake would star Lesley Anne Warren as the rags-to-ballgown heroine, Stuart Damon as the Prince, Walter Pidgeon and Ginger Rogers as the King and Queen, and Celeste Holm as the Fairy Godmother. While the musical has never been on Broadway, it's had a national tour with Deborah Gibson, Eartha Kitt and Montalban; the latter two joined Jamie-Lynn Sigler for its production at Madison Square Garden.

Tickets for the Paper Mill Playhouse's production of Cinderella can be ordered by calling (973) 376-4343. For more information, visit www.papermill.org.




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