The Clock Strikes Midnight for Cinderella on Broadway
Before the production ends its run at the Broadway Theatre, NeNe Leaks will join the cast as the Wicked Stepmother.
Douglas Carter Beane's modernized adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella will end its Broadway run at the Broadway Theatre on January 3, 2015. The production will have played 41 previews and 770 regular performances.
The production also announced that NeNe Leaks of The Real Housewives of Atlanta will join the cast on November 25 as the Wicked Stepmother.
Cinderella opened on March 3, 2013, starring Laura Osnes in the title role and Santino Fontana as her handsome Prince Topher. Both earned Tony Award nominations for their performances and Osnes took home the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Musical. Tony Award winner Victoria Clark earned a nomination for her performance, as well, as Cinderella's fairy godmother, Marie.
Pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen later entered the production to play Cinderella, alongside Fran Drescher, who stepped into the role of Cinderella's evil stepmother Madame (originated by Tony winner Harriet Harris). Keke Palmer, Sherri Shepherd, and Judy Kaye begin performances this month in the roles of Cinderella, Madame, and the Fairy Godmother.
Directed by Mark Brokaw, the production earned a total of nine Tony nominations, with costume designer William Ivey Long earning his sixth Tony win for his impressive feats of stage magic.
The cast is currently led by Paige Faure as Cinderella, Joe Carroll as Prince Topher, Victoria Clark as Marie, and Nancy Opel as Madame. The production is slated to begin a national tour in Providence, Rhode Island, starring Faure, on October 10.