Musical reschedules opening to avoid Oscars

“Cinderella” has opted to get out of the way of the Oscars, with the tuner reskedding its opening night from late February to March.

The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical with a new book by Douglas Carter Beane, was originally set for a Feb. 24 opening, but producers subsequently realized the Academy Awards had planted a flag in that date. Now the show will open March 3 on Broadway.

Rehearsals have just begun for the tuner, which stars Laura Osnes (“Bonnie and Clyde”) in the title role alongside Santino Fontana (“Sons of the Prophet”), Victoria Clark (“A Light in the Piazza”) and Harriet Harris (“Thoroughly Modern Millie”).

The new version of “Cinderella,” initially written for TV in 1957, incorporates Rodgers and Hammerstein songs that weren’t in the original incarnation. Mark Brokaw helms.

Robyn Goodman (“The Performers”), Jill Furman (“In the Heights”) and Stephen Kocis produce the show, which begins previews Jan. 25 at the Broadway Theater.

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