Grammy-nominated Carly Ray Jepsen – famous for her “Call Me Maybe” single – is heading to Broadway to play the lead role in “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella”. The Canadian singer-songwriter will take over the role from Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes. Jepsen starts Feb. 4th for a 12-week stay and will star alongside “The Nanny” Fran Drescher, who is playing Cinderella’s stepmother.
Jepsen is no stranger to musical theater, having performed in theater productions in high school. Before she attended the Canadian College of Performing Arts, she had starred in such musical theater productions like “Grease”, “Annie” and “The Wiz”.
“Broadway has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl, and I look forward to working with this incredibly talented cast to tell this classic tale,” Jepsen said in a statement. “These last few years have been a real fairy tale come to life for me, so I feel especially blessed to play this part and be reminded that you must never stop dreaming!”
The latest version of “Cinderella” has been nominated for nine Tony Award nominations, and won one for costume design. The story is a retelling of the classic princess story.