Musical sets theater, dates, cast
The incoming Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Cinderella” has locked in a venue, landing the Broadway Theater for a February opening and a cast that will include Victoria Clark and Harriet Harris.Clark (“A Light in the Piazza”), on board as the fairy godmother, and Harris (“Desperate Housewives”), set to play the wicked stepmother, join previously announced topliners Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana in the show. Cast also will includes Ann Harada (“Avenue Q”), Marla Mindelle, Peter Bartlett and Greg Hildreth (“Peter and the Starcatcher”); a number of those thesps were involved in a recent industry reading of the show. Mark Brokaw helms and Josh Rhodes choreographs the tuner, which has a girl-power take on the story by new book writer Douglas Carter Beane. Production incorporates the Rodgers and Hammerstein songs from the original 1957 TV musical as well as other tunes by the composer-lyricist pair. Design team includes Anna Louizos (sets), William Ivey Long (costumes), Ken Posner (lights) and Nevin Steinberg (sound). The Rodgers and Hammerstein version of the story has never appeared before on Broadway, although it’s been seen at City Opera in a staging that last played there in 2003. With a revival of “Annie” bowing in November, “Cinderella” is one of a couple of musicals opening this season with well-known titles that could make a play for the lucrative family-aud market that helps keep longrunners such as “The Lion King” going strong. “Cinderella” begins previews Jan. 21 ahead of a Feb. 21 opening. The Broadway’s current tenant, “Sister Act,” will shutter Aug. 26.