Two familiar musical properties are about to make their way to the Main Stem — a revival of Stephen Schwartz's "Pippin" and the made-for-TV Rodgers and Hammerstein show "Cinderella." NY1's Frank DiLella filed the following report.
A new Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway show? It's possible... sort of. The 1957 made-for-TV musical "Cinderella," which starred a young Julie Andrews as the title character, will finally make its way to the Main Stem at the end of the month.
The show will feature the original television score, including songs like "Ten Minutes Ago," "In My Own Little Corner" and "Impossible," along with music that was cut from Rodgers and Hammerstein classics like "South Pacific" and "The Sound of Music."
In addition, the musical will feature a new, fleshed-out book written by Broadway veteran Douglas Carter Beane.
"There was a moment when we did the first reading, I was pretty cool with it all. And then when I typed up the title page and wrote, 'Music: Richard Rodgers, Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein, and book by... and I went, 'Ahhh! I'm not worthy!'" Beane says.
Broadway ingenue and current Rodgers and Hammerstein "It" girl Laura Osnes will don Cinderella's tiara and slip into her glass slippers.
"A person could only dream of being one of the 'R-and-H' heroines in her lifetime, and their heroines are so admirable," says Osnes.
In the same spirit of revisiting the past, Stephen Schwartz's 1972 hit musical "Pippin" is set to return to Broadway for the first time in more than three decades.
The musical, which is currently playing the American Repertory Theater's main stage in Cambridge, Mass., will transfer to Broadway in the spring. Under the leadership of Diane Paulus, the revival will feature the original Fosse dance style mixed with circus flare.
Actor Patina Miller plays the leading player, a role made famous in the original by actor Ben Vereen. Matthew James Thomas plays Pippin, a role created by John Rubinstein.
"The music being so famous and so well known, I only hope that I can do it justice," Thomas says.
"Pippin" will begin previews at The Music Box Theatre on March 23 and "Cinderella" will begin performances at The Broadway Theatre on January 25.