Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella
July 8 – 16
First Muny production in 16 years!
Step into a Storybook Spectacle
A magical evening awaits, but we mustn’t be late! This Rodgers and Hammerstein treasure began as one of the most-watched television programs in history and was finally produced on Broadway in 2013, receiving nine Tony Award nominations. With winsome charm and irresistible fantasy, the score features shoe-in favorites, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “The Prince is Giving a Ball” and “Ten Minutes Ago.” “It’s Possible” this timeless tale will have your heart soaring and prove, once and for all, dreams really can come true.
Performances begin at 8:15 p.m.
Run time: 2:20 including intermission (estimate)
Mikaela Bennett (Ella)
Muny debut! Mikaela is a graduate of The Juilliard School and a celebrated singer, actress and concert artist. In 2019, Bennett was honored with a Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists. On stage, she made her professional debut as Penelope in The Golden Apple at NY City Center Encores! In May 2019, Mikaela made her debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago as Maria in West Side Story. Mikaela originated the role of Norma in Scanlan and Dean’s new musical Renascence in New York City and originated the title role in Acquanetta a new opera by Michael Gordon at the Prototype Festival. In concert: BBC Proms with the John Wilson Orchestra, New York Philharmonic under Leonard Slatkin, Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas. She has also appeared as a soloist at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.
Jason Gotay (Topher)
is thrilled to be returning for his fourth summer at The Muny after previously appearing in The Little Mermaid (Prince Eric), Mamma Mia! (Sky) and Into the Woods (Jack). Broadway: Bring It On: The Musical (Original Broadway Cast), Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (Peter Parker/Spider-Man). NYC: Call Me Madam (NY City Center Encores!), Renascence (Transport Group). TV: NBC’S Peter Pan Live! (Tootles/Lost Boy). World premieres of Stephen Schwartz’s The Prince of Egypt, Disney’s Freaky Friday (Original Cast Recording), A Bronx Tale. He has also performed with the LA Philharmonic, Signature Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Theater Under The Stars, and North Carolina Theatre, among others. @jasongotay
Ashley Brown (Marie)
Muny: Crazy for You, Cinderella, Side by Side by Sondheim, Annie, Guys and Dolls, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Meet Me In St. Louis, The Sound of Music. Brown originated the title role in Mary Poppins on Broadway for which she received Outer Critics, Drama League and Drama Desk nominations. Brown has also starred as Mary Poppins in the national tour where she garnered a Garland Award for Best Performance in a Musical. Other Broadway: Belle (Beauty and The Beast). She starred in Jack O’Brien’s national tour of The Sound of Music and in both Oklahoma! and Show Boat at Chicago’s Lyric Opera. Brown has performed with countless top orchestras including the Boston Pops, the New York Philharmonic, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, The Pittsburgh Symphony, the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Fort Worth Symphony, the Cincinnati Pops, Philadelphia Orchestra, etc. Her PBS special, Ashley Brown: Call Me Irresponsible received a PBS Telly Award. TV credits: NBC’s The Sound of Music Live!
Alison Fraser (Madame)
Muny debut! Two-time Tony nominee for The Secret Garden (Martha) and Romance/Romance (Josephine). Other Broadway: Tartuffe: Born Again (Dorine), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Helena) and Gypsy (Tessie Tura). Off-Broadway: Squeamish (Sharon), First Daughter Suite (Nancy/Betty), March of the Falsettos (Trina), In Trousers, The Divine Sister (Sr. Walburga), The School for Lies (Arsinoè), Up Against It (Miss Drumgoole). 2018 Callaway Award for Best Actress in a Classical Play portraying Lady Utterword in Heartbreak House. World premiere: Tennessee Williams’ In Masks Outrageous and Austere. NY premiere: Terrence McNally’s Dedication, or the Stuff of Dreams. Film/TV: Happy!; Gotham, Happyish, High Maintenance, Between the Lions, Law & Order: SVU, Third Watch, The Thing About My Folks, In the Blood, Family Games, Commentary, Socks & Bonds, Blowtorch and The Sound of Silence (upcoming).
John Scherer (Sebastian)
has previously appeared at The Muny in Annie, Young Frankenstein, The Buddy Holly Story, The Addams Family, Spamalot and Mame. Broadway: LoveMusik, By Jeeves and Sunset Boulevard. Off Broadway: Dames at Sea, Olympus On My Mind. Other New York: The Most Happy Fella (New York City Opera), Out Of This World (NY City Center Encores!) and A Tribute to Comden and Green (Carnegie Hall). National tours: 42nd Street, Cats, Mame and White Christmas. He recently appeared in the critically acclaimed revival of The Drowsy Chaperone at the Goodspeed Opera House. Other regional: Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, Goodman Theatre, Ahmanson Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse and many others. Film/TV: Spinning into Butter, The Shield, Crossing Jordan, Titus and Law & Order (SVU and CI). He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.
Stephanie Gibson (Gabrielle)
is thrilled to be returning to The Muny for her 12th show, having most recently played Inga in Young Frankenstein. Broadway: Cinderella (Gabrielle), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Cherry Sunday), The Addams Family, Spamalot. National tours: A Chorus Line (Judy), Happy Days (Lori Beth). TV/Film: Happy! (Pixley), Person of Interest, Up All Night, The Union, You Must Be Joking, The Audition, All My Children, Guiding Light. New York/Regional: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Maggie, Baltimore Center Stage), Into the Woods (Bakers Wife, TUTS), Cabaret (Sally Bowles, Cape Playhouse), Matilda (Mrs. Wormwood, Drury Lane), Glitter Goblets & Gatos (Original one-woman show at Feinsteins/54 Below), Show Boat (concert adaptation world premiere, Ellie, Bucks County Playhouse), Anyone Can Whistle (NY City Center Encores!), Empire (Frankie Peterson, La Mirada), The Rocky Horror Show (Janet, Bucks County Playhouse) Web: Dates, Mates and Clean Slates. CCM graduate. StephanieGibson.org
Jen Cody (Charlotte)
Last seen at The Muny in Gypsy as Tessie Tura. Other Muny roles include: Young Frankenstein (Elizabeth), The Addams Family (Grandma), Hello, Dolly! (Kevin Kline Award); The Pajama Game and Peter Pan. Broadway: A Christmas Story, Shrek, The Pajama Game, Taboo, Urinetown, Seussical, Beauty and The Beast (Silly Girl), Grease (Cha Cha) and Cats (Rumpleteaser). Off-Broadway: Cleopatra, The Wild Party (Mae) and Henry and Mudge (Drama League nomination). TV/Film: the voice of Charlotte La Bouff in Disney’s The Princess and The Frog (Annie Award), Lucky Stiff, Khumba, Instinct, Bull, Blue Bloods, Law & Order, Shrek, Unforgettable, American Dad, Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Phineas and Ferb, P. King Duckling, Winx Club, Robot and Monster. She is also proud to be the second Vice President of Actor’s Equity Association.
Chad Burris (Jean-Michel)
is excited to be making his Muny debut with this magical company! National tour: The Book of Mormon. Regional credits: Cleveland Play House, Cape Playhouse and Arkansas Repertory Theatre.
Victor Ryan Robertson (Lord Pinkleton)
offers a versatile singing ability and style allowing him to cross seamlessly between genres. Recently, Robertson made his Broadway debut in The Phantom of the Opera, his Metropolitan Opera debut as Raoul de St. Brioche in The Merry Widow and his Kennedy Center debut as Benny “Kid” Paret with Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated composer Terence Blanchard’s opera Champion. He performed the role of Zoogie in Carly Simon’s ambitious contemporary opera Romulous Hunt (original cast recording). Robertson performed Candide with Opera nationale de Lorraine (France), Three Mo’ Tenors (off-Broadway), Sporting Life in Porgy and Bess (Capetown, Scotland, London, Whales, Israel, Berlin, Los Angeles and Spoleto Festival. He performed Rodolfo in Baz Luhrmann’s La bohème, also with Francesca Zambello at Royal Albert Hall London. Upcoming engagements include: The Merry Widow (Hong Kong), I Dream (Opera Carolina) and Champion (Michigan Opera Theatre).
Jordan De Leon
Joshua K.A. Johnson
Commodore C. Primous III
Payton Evelyn Pritchett
MARCIA MILGROM DODGE (Director)
is a Tony and Drama Desk nominated director & choreographer. The Muny: Meet Me In St. Louis (100th Season!), The Little Mermaid, Young Frankenstein, The Buddy Holly Story, The Addams Family. Broadway: Ragtime, High Society. National tours: Ragtime, Curious George, Seussical, Cookin’. New York: Venus Flytrap, Radio Gals, Maltby & Shire’s Closer Than Ever (original production) and William Finn’s Romance in Hard Times. TV/Video: Sesame Street and Elmo‘s Wild West. Upcoming: Deathtrap (Cape Playhouse), Mary Poppins (Drury Lane) and a new Buddy (Cincinnati Playhouse). Between reimagining revivals and directing & choreographing world premieres regionally and abroad, Dodge is also a wife, a mother, a teacher, an SDC Executive Board Member and a published and produced playwright.
JOSH WALDEN (Choreographer)
returns to The Muny after choreographing Meet Me In St Louis (2018), The Little Mermaid (2017) and The Buddy Holly Story (2015). He directed/ choreographed A Chorus Line for Maltz Jupiter Theatre and Theatre Memphis, The Rocky Horror Show for University of Buffalo, Legally Blonde for Merry-Go-Round Playhouse and the rock opera Fallen Angel in the New York International Fringe Festival. Josh has also choreographed for Des Moines Metro Opera, Signature Theatre, Sacramento Music Circus, Doonce Productions, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Gateway Playhouse and Morag Productions for Seabourn Cruise Lines. On Broadway, he was the associate director/associate choreographer for the revival of Ragtime. As a performer, Josh was in the Broadway revivals of 42nd Street, La Cage aux Folles, A Chorus Line and Ragtime.
GREG ANTHONY RASSEN (Music Director/Conductor)
Drama Desk winner and Tony nominee for Bandstand. Other Broadway credits include: An American in Paris, Bullets Over Broadway, The Little Mermaid, The Book of Mormon, R&H’s Cinderella, A Chorus Line (revival). Arranger/ orchestrator: Jerry Springer: The Opera (New Group); Between the Lines (Kansas City Rep.), The Beast in the Jungle (Vineyard). Commissions include: New York Pops, Boston Pops, Philly Pops, Indianapolis Pops; Leslie Odom, Jr., Ashley Brown, Sierra Boggess, Jeremy Jordan, Norm Lewis, Darren Criss, Liz Callaway, Julia Murney, André Previn, John Williams. TV: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Live with Kelly & Michael, The View. M.M. degree from Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.www.greganthonymusic.com