North Carolina Theatre, the region’s only producer of professional Broadway musical revivals, opens its second production for the 2010 season – Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella – on Saturday, April 10th. Sponsored by ABB, it will run through Sunday, April 18th in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh.
The “Enchanted” version of Cinderella features the same score by Rodgers & Hammerstein that audiences know and love, but has an updated book by Tom Briggs and more magical effects. Gabriel Barre mounted the National Tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella starring the late Eartha Kitt , Paolo Montalban and Deborah Gibson after the success of the Disney teleplay, and he will direct the North Carolina Theatre version as well.
“What excites me most about this production is the fun and contemporary language, the stronger connection made between the Fairy Godmother and Cinderella, and the addition of a bit of spice and a lot of strength to the character of Cinderella,” says Barre.
Paolo Montalban will star as “Prince Christopher.” He starred in the same role alongside the likes of music star Brandy, powerhouse Whitney Houston, Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander and several others in the hit Disney movie Cinderella. He also appeared on Broadway in Pacific Adventures, The King & I, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and Man of La Mancha. Off-Broadway he was in various productions ranging from Two Gentlemen of Verona to Tears from Heaven.
Jessica Rush stars as “Cinderella” and recently has been on Broadway in Guys and Dolls and Gypsy. She replaced pop star Deborah Gibson in the National Tour of Cinderella, opposite Eartha Kitt, and was also in the First National Tour of Mamma Mia!.
Harriett D. Foy, who will play Cinderella’s “Fairy Godmother,” is known from Broadway’s The American Plan, Mamma Mia! and Once on this Island. She also has film and television credits including All Good Things, Law & Order, Rescue Me, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and One Life to Live.
Tickets are $26-$76 and can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Walk-ups are also available at the North Carolina Theatre Box Office. For groups of 10 or more, please call 919-831-6941 x6944. For more information on Cinderella, please visit www.nctheatre.com.