Former Cinderella ensemble member Paige Faure will don the glass slippers in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical beginning June 13. Faure, who can now be seen in Bullets Over Broadway, will step in for pop princess Carly Rae Jepsen, who will play her final performance on June 8. In addition, Tony nominee Nancy Opel will assume the role of Madame, Cinderella’s stepmother, beginning June 30, replacing The Nanny icon Fran Drescher, who finishes her run on June 29.
In addition to Bullets Over Broadway and Cinderella, Faure has appeared on Broadway in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Other stage credits include A Chorus Line, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Little Women and Aida.
Opel most recently appeared on Broadway in Memphis. She received a Tony nomination for her performance in Urinetown. Her additional stage credits include The Toxic Avenger, Fiddler on the Roof, Sunday in the Park with George, Anything Goes, Triumph of Love and Evita.
Faure and Opel will star in Cinderella through September 7. Faure will also lead the national tour, which is set to launch in October.
Directed by Mark Brokaw, the production brings to the Broadway stage for the first time the tuner that originally aired as a TV special in 1957, starring Oscar winner Julie Andrews. This Cinderella features a completely re-imagined book by Douglas Carter Beane and additional Rodgers and Hammerstein songs originally composed for other musicals.
In addition to Jepsen and Drescher, Cinderella currently features Joe Carroll as Prince Topher, Tony winner Victoria Clark as Marie, Ann Harada as Charlotte, Stephanie Gibson as Gabrielle, Todd Buonopane as Jean-Michel, Peter Bartlett as Sebastian and Phumzile Sojola as Lord Pinkleton.