Carly Rae Jepsen to Play Cinderella on Broadway
By Shannon Carlin
Call her Cinderella, definitely.
Starting February 4th, Carly Rae Jepsen will take over the title role in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway. During her 12-week run, Jepsen will be joined by Fran Drescher, who has been cast as Cinderella’s evil stepmother, Madame.
Though she’s best known for her 2012 hit “Call Me Maybe,” Jepsen began performing in musical theater in high school, starring in productions of Annie, The Wiz and Grease before attending the Canadian College of Performing Arts.
“It was essentially musical theater training with studies in singing, dancing and acting,” Jepsen told the New York Times of her education. “My favorite part of the school year was our trip to New York, where we met Broadway performers and toured the theaters.”
Also in the NYT interview, Jepsen talked about her love of the fairytale, noting that it’s the main reason she took the role. “It’s so hopeful and inspiring,” she said. “I’ve always been one to believe in the impossible, so I relate to her character completely.”
Jepsen is currently working on the follow-up to her 2012 album, Kiss, which is slated for a 2014 release.