Laura Osnes, nominated for Best Performance by an actress in a leading musical role for the 67th Tony Awards, plays the title role of Cinderella on Broadway. However, the iconic character has been played by some other lovely ladies and has a history with the music and lyric team of Rodgers and Hammerstein. The fantasy based fairy-tale of Cinderella fits perfectly with the bigger than life musical that pulls off songs such as “Impossible” and “Ten Minutes Ago.”
1957: Rodgers and Hammerstein cast Julie Andrews to play the lead role in the made for television adaptation– five years before “Mary Poppins” was released. Watch Julie sing “In My Own Little Corner” here.
1965: Rodgers and Hammerstein create television magic again with Leslie Ann Warren as Cinderella.
1997: My favorite televised “Cinderella” adaptation by Rodgers and Hammerstein is released with a multi-ethnic cast. The cast included Brandy as Cinderella, Whitney Houston as the Fairy Godmother, Bernadette Peters as the Stepmother, Whoopi Goldberg as the Queen with Jason Alexander, Victor Garber and Paolo Montalban in other important roles. Want to watch the whole film? Click here.
Fun fact: Rob Marshall was the 1997 film’s choreographer known for his work on the film of “Chicago” who is now working on the film adaptation of “Into the Woods” that incorporates Cinderella’s story. So far Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal have signed on. The “Into the Woods” screenplay reading included Laura Osnes as Rapunzel and Anna Kendrick as Cinderella.
2013: Cinderella’s first production on Broadway with a book by Douglas Carter Beane and songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein starring Laura Osnes (nominated) , Santino Fontana as Prince Topher (nominated) and Victoria Clark as fairy godmother Marie (nominated). To see Broadway.com and Laura’s backstage videos click here. It is a version where characters have flaws and are more humanized. The production has been nominated for nine Tony awards.
2014-2015: The newest musical version of “Cinderella” is slated for a national tour.
The Tony Awards will air this Sunday June 9 on CBS at 8 p.m.-11 p.m. live ET/delayed PT from the Radio City Music Hall. Watch on Sunday for special appearances by the casts of “Chicago,” “Newsies,” “The Lion King” etc. and for performances from the nominated musicals including “Cinderella.”