Rodger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella to Close on Broadway
The clock has struck midnight over at Rodger & Hammerstein’s latest Broadway outing! It looks as though its times for this fairytale story to come to an end! It was a fairytale not only on stage but off stage as Rodger and Hammerstein’s very last musical finally made it to Broadway two years ago. The production was their last musical that had never made it to the stage but did so a good 50 years after the pair last worked in New York. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the news that Rodger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella will close on Broadway this winter!
Producers of the classic Rodger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella have announced the production will close on January 3rd, 2015 after running nearly two full years on Broadway. By the time the production shutters, it will have played 41 previews and 770 performances on Broadway. Cinderella premiered on Broadway January 25th, 2015 before officially opening later that much. The production received mixed reviews across the board but went on to garner nine Tony Award nominations including Best Musical Revival. The production only went on to win one Tony Award for Costumes. It also was nominated for five Drama Desk nominations and went on to win three. The original Broadway cast included Laura Osnes in the title role, Santino Fontanna as Prince Topher (Both Pictured Above) and Victoria Clark as the Fairy Godmother.
The current Broadway cast includes Paige Faure as Cinderella, Joe Carroll as Prince Topher, Nancy Opel as Madame, Ann Harada as stepsister Charlotte, Stephanie Gibson as stepsister Gabrielle, Peter Bartlett as Sebastian, Prince Topher’s mentor and Lord Chancellor, Todd Buonopane as the rebel Jean-Michel and Phumzile Sojola as Lord Pinkleton. Beginning September 9th, Keke Palmer (Pictured Above Left) will take over the title role with Sherri Shepherd stepping in as Madame. Following that just days later, Tony Award winner Judy Kaye will take over the role as Fairy Godmother beginning September 12th.
Rodger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella is produced by Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman, Stephen Kocis, Edward Walson, Venetian Glass Productions, The Araca Group, Luigi Caiola & Rose Caiola, Roy Furman, Walt Grossman, Peter May/Sanford Robertson, Glass Slipper Productions/Eric Schmidt, Ted Liebowitz/James Spry, Blanket Fort Productions and is produced in association with Center Theatre Group. Charles Salameno is associate producer.
Congratulations to Rodger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway! It’s hard to believe this production has been around for nearly two full years in New York! I’m thrilled that a show, considered to be a classic, had such a good run during it’s time here in New York alongside so many new musicals. The fact that the Broadway Theatre will now be open though perks some interesting ideas into one’s head. Who will take over this mega house and will it be in time for the spring 2015 Broadway season? The obvious answer is that the house would go to Cameron Mackintosh who is interested in moving his Miss Saigon revival that just launched in London back to Broadway as well. The Broadway Theatre was Saigon’s original home on Broadway and it would be a fitting return as Mackintosh did the same for his Les Miserables revival booking its original home, The Imperial Theatre. However, King Kong was also highly interested in the Broadway Theatre as it was one of the only homes it could fit into if it heads to New York. None the less, only time will tell. Don’t forget, rumored projects such as A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Bull Durham and Dames At Sea are all still looking for Broadway homes. The theatre is pictured above from the outside during the 2010 revival of Promises, Promises!
Rodger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella has only a few months left on Broadway! However, if you can’t make it to New York to see the show, the productions is launching a national tour beginning next month set to hit the road! The show will kick off in Providence, Rhode Island and then head out across the nation! We will have more coverage on that soon so check back! For more information, visit Cinderella’s Official Broadway Website, Facebook Page or Twitter Account. And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!