There’s a new step-mama in town! Tony nominee Nancy Opel begins performances as Madame in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella on June 30. She takes over for The Nanny icon Fran Drescher, who played her final performance on June 29. Opel will star as the Broadway meanie through September 7.
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.
In addition to Opel, the cast currently includes Paige Faure as Cinderella, 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.
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.