Ever After Announces Full Casting
A new spin on a classic! Have you ever wondered what the true story is behind those classic fairy tales we always hear? Wouldn’t it be exciting if there was actually a whole other story behind what we already know? That’s exactly what we are about the find out as Paper Mill Playhouse ends its season with the stage premiere of the 1998 film, Ever After. Don’t be deceived. While this might seem like just your typical fairytale musical coming to the stage, there is a lot more in store as this show makes its debut in New Jersey this summer. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news of the full casting announced for the Ever After at Paper Mill Playhouse!
Ever After is a brand new musical that features music by Zina Goldrich with a book and lyrics by Marcy Heisler. The story, based off of a 1998 film starring Drew Barrymore and Anjelica Huston, sets the record straight on the classic fairytale of Cinderella. The story follows Danielle (Cinderella) as she works to make her own dreams come through working her wit, charisma and strengths alongside her good friend Leonardo da Vinci.
Leading the musical will be Christine Ebersole as Baroness Rodmilla de Ghent, Emmy Award winner Charles Shaugnessy as King Francis, Margo Seibert (Rocky & Pictured Right) as Danielle de Barbarac, James Snyder (If/Then) as Prince Henry as well as Tony Award nominee Tony Sheldon (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) as Leonardo da Vinci. They will be joined alongside Tony Award nominee Charl Brown (Motown the Musical), Mara Davi (The Drowsy Chaperone), Annie Funke (Punk Rock), Julie Halston (You Can’t Take It With You) and Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies).
Rounding out the ensemble of the production is Jill Abramovitz, Ashley Blanchet, Nick Corley, Stephanie Elise Gandolfo, Gregg Goodbrod, John Hillner, Sean Martin Hingston, Gwen Hollander, Fred Inkley, Will Mann, Liz McCartney, Alison Morooney, Kevin Munhall, Kevin Michael Raponey, Rachael Scarr, Justin Schuman, Jonathan Shew and Aléna Watters.
The musical will be helmed by Tony and Drama Desk Award Winner Kathleen Marshall as director and choreographer. David Gardos will serve as the musical director. The rest of the creative team includes Derek McLane as scenic designer, Jess Goldstein as costume designer, Peter Kaczorowski as lighting designer and Nevin Steinberg as sound designer. Leah Loukas will provide a hair and wig design while Mary-Mitchell Campbell will act as music supervisor. Rick Sordelet is fight director.
Ever After will be the final production for Paper Mill Playhouse’s 2014-15 season which was filled with stellar productions including the a Broadway bound Can Can revival, Elf, Vanya Sonia Masha and Spike as well as the East Coast premiere of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Ever After, which seems to have hope of a Broadway run some day, will have its first staging at Paper Mill as many productions do before they go on to even bigger lives on stages across the country. What is truly exciting about Ever After is that it takes a brand new spin on a classic fairytale. Many fairy tales are brought to life on stage in different versions and settings. However, this one is about setting the story straight. I’m very excited for Ever After and the new story it will bring to life. I hope to see it during its premiere!
Ever After will make its stage debut at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse beginning May 21st. The show is scheduled for a limited month-long run with performances through June 21st, 2015. Paper Mill Playhouse has also announced it’s 2015-16 season which we will be bringing you in a separate blog post very soon! For now, don’t miss your chance to experience this take on one of the best known and beloved fairytale classics of all time! For more information, visit Paper Mill Playhouse’s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter. And of course, be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!