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.