Recasting Cinderella with The Nanny and a Pop Star: Impossible Things Are Happening Every Day

Posted on Mar 28 2014 - 11:11am by Lori Perkins

When I read that Fran Drescher and Carly Rae Jepsen had been cast in this current Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s beloved Cinderella, I was a little surprised. I couldn’t imagine it, so we had to get a RomanceBeat viewing. As you may recall, best-selling romance author Trinity Blacio wrote her review of this romantic classic for RomanceBeat last year when she came to New York.

Let me tell you. This re-imagined casting is quite wonderful.

I had thought that Fran Drescher was going to play the fairy godmother, who is quite awesome in her own right, but I couldn’t imagine what Dresher’s would sound like. But she plays Cinderella’s evil stepmother with all the aplomb (and fabulous costumes) of Cruella DeVille. She almost steals the show.

But not quite, because Carly Rae Jepsen is amazingly well-cast as Cinderella. You would never know that this was 2012’s song of the summer pop star (“Call Me Maybe”). Of course, she can sing, but she can act the part as well. She is delightful.

And then there’s the other elements of this production that make it so charming – the set, which transforms right before you; the costumes, which also magically metamorphosize on stage, and the classic music, which is irresistible.

This is a wonderful production with fabulous, memorable stars. Sweepingly romantic, toe-gapingly melodic, it is a definite must-see for any trip to New York with “the girls,” or your mom or your daughter, or both.

And, it has inspired a new game – which other celebrities could star in this wonderful Broadway production? Elton John as the wicked Sebastian, Price Topher’s advisor? Or maybe Justin Bieber might want to try re-inventing himself as Prince Topher? Or Harry Styles could give that role a try? Could Taylor Swift play Cinderella?

The possibilities are endless. And fun.

1 CinderellaNYC4002 Carly Rae Jepsen and the cast of Cinderella

2 CinderellaNYC4116 Joe Carroll

3 CinderellaNYC4032 Todd Buonopane as Jean-Michel

4 CinderellaNYC4056 Fran Drescher at Madame

5 CinderellaNYC4127 Peter Bartlett and Fran Drescher

5B CinderellaNYC4129 Stephanie Gibson, Fran Drescher and Ann Harada

6 Cinderella0346  Victoria Clark

7 CinderellaNYC4141r Carly Rae Jepsen as Cinderella

8 CinderellaNYC4077 Joe Carroll and Carly Rae Jepsen

9 CinderellaNYC4078 Carly Rae Jepsen and Joe Carroll

10 CinderellaNYC4080 Joe Carroll and Carly Rae Jepsen

11 CinderellaNYC4015 Joe Carroll and Carly Rae Jepsen

12 Cinderella1246r  LtoR Kendal Hartse, Shonica Gooden, Linda Mugleston, Stephanie Gibson, Ann Harada, Jill Abramovitz, Kirstin Tucker, Kristine Bendul, Laura Irion

13 CinderellaNYC4169r Fran Drescher, Carly Rae Jepsen Stephanie Gibson and Ann Harada

14 CinderellaNYC4171 Carly Rae Jepsen, Fran Drescher, Stephanie Gibson and Ann Harada

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About the Author

Lori Perkins loves erotic romance so much that she has edited 25 smut-filled anthologies, as well as written a few juicy stories herself. She is the Publisher of Riverdale Avenue Books and an established literary agent, as well as a college professor. She teaches a class on Writing Smut for Fun & Profit and believes that smut will save the world.

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