Ever After, a new musical based on the 1998 Cinderella-inspired film of the same name, is eyeing a Broadway run during the 2013-2014 season. Tony winner Kathleen Marshall is set to serve as director and choreographer. The musical was previously rumored for a 2007 Broadway run, under the direction of Douglas Hughes. A pre-Broadway engagement is planned for a yet to be announced city. Casting, theater and exact dates have also yet to be announced.
Ever After features music by Zina Goldrich, a book and lyrics by Marcy Heisler and musical direction by Mary-Mitchell Campbell. The show tells the story of Danielle de Barbarac (originally played by Drew Barrymore), the daughter of a Nobleman in 16th century France, who embarks on a series of adventures including standing up to her scheming stepmother, befriending Leonardo DaVinci and winning the love of the crown prince of France. Setting the record straight on the fable of Cinderella, the new musical demonstrates how a strong-willed, independent girl can make her dreams come true without the help of fairy godmothers, talking mice or magic pumpkins.
The show isn't the only Cinderella musical aiming for a Broadway run. Laura Osnes will star as the title character in a reworked production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, featuring a new book by Douglas Carter Beane. The production, which also stars Santino Fontana, will open during the 2012-2013 season.
Ever After will be produced by Scott Landis and Philip Morgaman.