The Call Me Maybe singer, Carly Rae Jepsen, is to take on Broadway in the fairytale role of Cinderella. Jepsen will step into the iconic glass slippers Feb. 4, 2014, but fans will need to be quick if they want tickets. She will only be there for 12 weeks. She will be acting opposite another new face for the Rodgers & Hammerstein production, Fran Drescher, who will take on the role of the evil stepmother from the same date. However, Drescher will only be there for 10 weeks.
This is not the first time that Jepsen has taken on an iconic role, but will be the first time on Broadway. The 28-year-old was performing in musicals before looking into a music career. She has performed in Grease and Annie, among other shows, while attending schools at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. She told reporters that visiting Broadway was always her favorite part of the year. She would tour the various theaters and talk to the performers.
She feels grateful for being able to take on the lead role of Cinderella. There may be some method acting involved as she relates to the character so much. She has also likened her own life to Cinderella, since her success on Canadian Idol.
Call Me Maybe singer, Jepsen, will make her Broadway debut following the exit of the current Cinderella, Laura Osnes. While wishing Jepsen the best, many fans have expressed their wish that Osnes was not leaving the show.
The Cinderella storyline has been adapted numerous times. Some of the more memorable versions include Whitney Houston’s version, starring Brandy Norwood, and A Cinderella Story, starring Hilary Duff. However, the role was originally adapted for TV in 1957 and was performed by the musical legend, Julie Andrews.
The Canadian singer-songwriter came in third on Canadian Idol in 2007. She released Call Me Maybe off the back of the show and it quickly rose in popularity around the world. In 2012, it was the best-selling digital single around the globe. However, fans have heard nothing from her since, making them believe that she is just another one-hit wonder.
The Rodgers & Hammerstein re-telling of the fairytale started in Broadway in March 2013. Since then, it has won nine Tony Awards. One of those was for Osnes’ portrayal of the lead role. Another was for the costumes. It has quickly become one of the more popular Broadway shows.
Jepsen did not stay quiet too long after signing the contract for the 12-week role. She took straight to Instagram and Twitter to share the news with her fans, showing just how excited she was, and still is. On Instagram she shared a picture of the Cinderella poster with a mention about her “NYC secret.”
Not everyone has been happy about a pop star taking the role, but she is not the first to make this change. Many do not realize that she has come from a musical theater background. Jepsen will be telling everyone to “call me Cinderella” when she takes on Broadway, Feb. 4.
By Alexandria Ingham