A new Prince is giving a ball! Joe Carroll joins the cast of Broadway's Cinderella beginning January 28, succeeding original star Santino Fontana as Prince Topher. Meanwhile, ensemble member Stephanie Gibson takes over the role of forward thinking stepsister Gabrielle from Marla Mindelle and Todd Buonapane will appear as Jean-Michel, replacing Greg Hildreth.
This casting shakeup follows Victoria Clark's return to the production on January 21. Pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen and Fran Drescher are set to begin their roles as Cinderella and her stepmother, Madame, from February 4 at the Broadway Theatre.
Directed by Mark Brokaw, the classic fairy tale Cinderella originally aired as a TV special in 1957, starring Oscar winner Julie Andrews. The new production features a completely re-imagined book by Douglas Carter Beane and additional Rodgers and Hammerstein songs originally composed for other R&H musicals.
Carroll recently appeared in Broadway’s Romeo and Juliet and Once. His film and TV credits include The Carrie Diaries and All My Children. Buonopane’s Broadway credits include Grease, Chicago and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. His film and TV credits include 30 Rock, Grey’s Anatomy, The Producers and Claire’s Cambodia. Gibson’s previous Broadway credits include The Addams Family and Spamalot. Her film and TV appearances include Up All Night, You Must Be Joking, All My Children, As the World Turns and Guiding Light.