Gossip About The New Cinderella

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As you may have heard, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella will get an April workshop with the intent of an eventual Broadway mounting, if all goes bibbidi-bobbidi-boo.

I ran into playwright Douglas Carter Beane before a performance of his musical Lysistrata Jones last night, and he told me the Cinderella script he'll do will be very "Fractured Fairy Tale, but warm."

He also said there'll be a cut song from South Pacific in the show. (Yes, a song was cut from South Pacific!)

"But who will play the wicked stepmother?" I wondered.

Beane said he approached Julie White, who won a Tony for his play The Little Dog Laughed.

Once she realized it was a musical, White said, "I took up smoking so I don't have to do musicals. I can't sing!"

Another Tony winner, Harriet Harris, took over the part for a reading.

Then White called Beane, saying, "I just heard myself singing in the shower. Maybe I can sing after all."

Can he work her in?

"Maybe [the stepmother] can have a sister from the South of France," he said, smiling.


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Kathleen Warnock
Kathleen Warnock

Hmm. Who is our latter-day Lesley Ann Warren? Or Julie Andrews? (Though not in their Victor/Victoria incarnations).

Musto
Musto

The lead hasn't been announced yet. I wouldn't be surprised if it's someone like Laura Osnes.

Musto
Musto

Oh, my word. I was right! Laura Osnes has been cast.

Draper
Draper

Another "revisal" like you wrote about yesterday.

Twbengston
Twbengston

2 cut songs from SOUTH PACIFIC and "Loneliness of an Evening" is in '65 television CINDERELLA.

mjm
mjm

wasn't "Boys and Girls Like You and Me" (featured in the 2001 MSG production w/ Eartha Kitt as the Fairy Godmother and Lea Salonga as Cinderella) cut from both Oklahoma! and Meet Me and St. Louis (where it followed Judy singing "The Trolley Song")?

also the '97 Disney TV version w/ Whitney as the Crackie Godmother featured "The Sweetest Sounds" from Richard Rodgers' 'No Strings' and "Falling In Love with Love" from Rodgers & Hart's 'Boys from Syracuse'.

I'm praying that the Mouse House doesn't get their hands on this revival....

Bwaybill
Bwaybill

Julie White and Harriet Harris are both amazing!! I hope they both end up in the show. (Harriet stole Gay Marriage Plays.)

Musto
Musto

PS: I'm well aware that "Bibbidi...": comes from the Disney"Cinderella," not the Rodgers & Hammerstein. I just threw that in for some Cinderella realness.

Ynnocence
Ynnocence

Darn. You beat me to my nyah-nyah comment. :-)

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