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Paige Faure and Nancy Opel Announced to Join CINDERELLA


 Paige Faure (Bullets Over Broadway) will step into
the glass slippers on Broadway June 13
before launching the musical's national tour

Tony Award nominee Nancy Opel will star as
Cinderella’s wicked Stepmother on Broadway starting June 30 

New block of tickets on sale Monday, May 26 through January 3, 2014.

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Producers of the Tony Award winning musical Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA, Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman and Stephen Kocis, have announced that Paige Faure, now appearing in Bullets Over Broadway, will be Broadway's new CINDERELLA starting June 13.  Faure will also lead the national tour of the hit, Tony Award-winning musical when it begins performances October 10 in Providence, RI.   Ms. Faure assumes the role following the 4-month limited engagement of Carly Rae Jepsen, which concludes June 8.

The producers have also announced that Tony Award nominee Nancy Opel will play Cinderella’s wicked Stepmother, Madame on Broadway, starting Monday, June 30, following Fran Drescher's 5-month limited engagement, which concludes June 29.  Both Faure and Opel will star on Broadway through September 7.

Paige Faure is currently appearing in Woody Allen's musical-comedy Bullets Over Broadway, directed by Susan Stroman (u/s Ellen). Paige previously appeared on Broadway in Cinderella and in the original revival company of How to Succeed in Business... featuring Daniel Radcliffe (Hedy La Rue, repl.) She has toured nationally with A Chorus Line, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Little Women and Aida. Regional roles include Janet in The Drowsy Chaperone featuring Clay Aiken and Beth Leavel at the North Carolina Theater, Sally in Cabaret at MGR, and one of Tony's Showgirls in Honeymoon in Vegas at Papermill Playhouse.

Nancy Opel most recently appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award winning musical Memphis. She received Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics and Lortel nominations for her role in The Toxic Avenger, written by Memphis creators Joe DiPietro and David Bryan. Other Broadway credits include Fiddler on the Roof, Urinetown (Tony Nomination, Best Actress), Sunday in the Park with George, Anything Goes, Triumph of Love, Evita andothers. She appeared Off Broadway most notably in works by playwright David Ives. Nancy received Drama Desk, Lortel nominations for Polish Joke and she won an Obie Award for John Epperson's My Deah. She attended The University of Kansas and The Juilliard School.

Now in its second year on Broadway and having recently celebrated its 500th performance, CINDERELLA continues to play to large and enthusiastic audiences at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway) with a new block of tickets available starting Monday, May 26 through January 3, 2015

Currently appearing in CINDERELLA are the Grammy-nominated recording artist Carly Rae Jepsen as Cinderella, Joe Carroll as Prince Topher, Fran Drescher as Madame, Victoria Clark as the Fairy Godmother, Ann Harada as stepsister Charlotte, Stephanie Gibson as stepsister Gabrielle, Peter Bartlett as Sebastian, Prince Topher's mentor and Lord Chancellor, Todd Buonopane as the rebel Jean-Michel and Phumzile Sojola as Lord Pinkleton.

CINDERELLA has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, a new book by Douglas Carter Beane and original book by Oscar Hammerstein II.  The musical is directed by Mark Brokaw. Josh Rhodes is choreographer. Music adaptation, supervision and arrangements are by David Chase. Orchestrations are by Danny Troob.  Constantine Kitsopoulos is music director and conductor.

With its fresh, new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic CINDERELLA combines the story's classic elements – glass slippers, pumpkin, a beautiful ball and more – with some surprise twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, the CINDERELLA of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical now on Broadway is a surprisingly contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting:  a spirited young woman with savvy and soul, eager to develop a world view, she doesn't let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness.  She not only fights for her own dreams, but makes the prince, who falls in love with her, open his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams, too. 

This spring, CINDERELLA added Thursday matinees to its schedule, joining two other Broadway shows – MAMMA MIA! and PHANTOM OF THE OPERA – in a new initiative that offers alternative curtain times to theatergoers.

CINDERELLA performs Tuesdays at 7 pm; Wednesdays at 2 pm; Thursdays at 2 pm and 7:30 pm; Fridays at 8 pm; Saturdays at 2 and 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm

CINDERELLA will have an adjusted performance schedule for July 4th week:

Monday, June 30 7:00PM Nancy Opel Begins Performances

Tuesday, July 1 7:00 PM

Wednesday, July 2 2:00 PM

Thursday July 3 2:00 PM  & 7:30 PM

Friday, July 4 DARK

Saturday, July 5 2:00 PM & 8:00PM

Sunday, July 6  3:00 PM

RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA will launch its national tour starring Paige Faure at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, RI on October 10, 2014.

The current tour schedule is as follows:

Providence, RI (Providence PAC) October 10-18, 2014

Tampa, FL (Tampa Bay PAC) October 21-26, 2014

Miami, FL (Arsht Center) October 28-November 2, 2014

Charlotte, NC (The Belk) November 4-9, 2014

West Palm Beach, FL (Kravis Center) November 11-16, 2014

Durham, NC (Durham PAC) November 18-23, 2014

Philadelphia, PA (Academy of Music) November 25-30, 2014

Buffalo, NY (Shea’s PAC) December 2-7, 2014

Rochester, NY (Auditorium Theatre) December 9-14, 2014

Chicago, IL (Cadillac Palace) December 16, 2014-January 4, 2015

Cincinnati, OH (The Aranoff) January 6-18, 2015

St. Louis, MO (The Fabulous Fox) January 20-February 1, 2015

Denver, CO (The Buell) February 3-15, 2015

Portland, OR (Keller Auditorium) February 17-22, 2015

Seattle, WA (The Paramount)                                          February 24-March 1, 2015

Tempe, AZ (ASU Gammage) March 10-15, 2015

Los Angeles, CA (The Ahmanson) March 17-April 26, 2015

Las Vegas, NV (The Smith Center) April 28-May 3, 2015

San Diego, CA (Civic Center) May 5-10, 2015

Sacramento, CA (Community Center Theatre) May 12-17, 2015

Houston, TX (Hobby Center) May 26-June 7, 2015

Des Moines, IA (Des Moines Civic Center) July 14-19, 2015

Cleveland, OH (The Palace) July 21-August 2, 2015

Greenville, SC (Peace Center) August 4-9, 2015

Additional cities will be announced at a later date.

CINDERELLA is produced by Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman, Stephen Kocis, Edward Walson, Venetian Glass Productions, The Araca Group, Luigi Caiola & Rose Caiola, Roy Furman, Walt Grossman, Peter May/Sanford Robertson, Glass Slipper Productions/Eric Schmidt, Ted Liebowitz/James Spry, Blanket Fort Productions and is produced in association with Center Theatre Group. Charles Salameno is associate producer.

Tickets to RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA are on sale through Telecharge and can be purchased by calling 212-239-6200, online at Tickets are also on sale at the Broadway Theater (1681 Broadway at 53rd Street).

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Facebook: Twitter:  @CinderellaBway

Andrew C. McGibbon



Andrew C. McGibbon has spent the past thirty years working in live theatre as a stage manager, general manager, producer and leader in the convergence of Broadway and online.

Mr. McGibbon worked as a stage manager and general manager for ten years. In 1994 he created a website devoted to live theatre, The site was subsequently bought by, and became He continued to manage the site for Playbill for four years. In 2000 he became the website manager for With the 2008-09 season he finished his ninth year on the show. He has also worked as a webmaster for the Broadway LeagueJazz at Lincoln Center, and as the Director of Digital Media for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Since 2015, Andrew has been working as an architectural photographer and virtual tour photographer known for his photography of theatres such as the Kimmel Center, Tanglewood, Signature Theatre Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, Arena Stage and the Goodspeed Opera House. His photography work can be previewed at

Mr. McGibbon is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Independent Theatre Bloggers AssociationActors' Equity Association and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, as well as the American Society of Media Photographers

In addition to his work in the theatrical industry, Mr. McGibbon is also a partner in Simple Solutions Distributing, a manufacturer of filtration equipment for the waste-water industry.

Photo: Elizabeth Leitzell