Carly Rae Jepsen is going to Broadway. The Canadian singer is confirmed to make her theater stage debut in "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella", playing the titular rags-to-riches character. "Dream come true," so she gushes on Twitter.
The 28-year-old Grammy nominee has been dreaming of acting on Broadway since she was in high school performing in school productions of "Grease", "The Wiz" and "Annie". After graduating, she went to the Canadian College of Performing Arts.
"It was essentially musical theater training with studies in singing, dancing and acting," she says in an email to New York Times. "My favorite part of the school year was our trip to New York, where we met Broadway performers and toured the theaters."
The "Call Me Maybe" hitmaker finds the classic tale of Cinderella finding her Prince Charming "so hopeful and inspiring." She explains in a further statement, "I've always been one to believe in the impossible, so I relate to her character completely."
Jepsen will slip into the glass slippers starting February 4, 2014 for a limited 12-week run. She will replace Laura Osnes, who received a Tony nomination for the role. Osnes will leave the production after her yearlong run completes in January.
Another new member in the stage production is Fran Drescher. She will also make her Broadway debut on that date, playing Cinderella's wicked stepmother. She steps in for Harriet Harris.
Written by playwright Douglas Carter Beane based on the original 1957 Rodgers & Hammerstein television musical that starred Julie Andrews, the stage musical received nine Tony nominations this year. Since its debut in January, it has grossed an estimated $44.3 million.