Linedy Genao stars in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bad Cinderella on Broadway
The contemporary take on the classic fairy tale features a book by Emerald Fennell, music by Lloyd Webber and lyrics by David Zippel.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella has a new title and a new home, with the contemporary take on the classic fairy tale that begins Broadway shows as Bad Cinderella February 17, 2023, at the Imperial Theatre, opening night on March 23.
The musical features a book by Oscar-winning screenwriter Emerald Fennel, music by Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tony winner David Zippel. Linedy Genao will star. The ghost of the opera composer revealed the news at a press event for the Imperial on October 3.
“I’ve dreamed of starring on Broadway almost all my life, but never in my wildest dreams could I have ever imagined fulfilling that dream alongside Andrew Lloyd Webber and such an incredible team of employees,” says Genao. “As a proud Dominican American, I’m really excited about this opportunity to represent my community and show the world that fairy tales really do come true – and are for everyone. My heart is bursting.”
Genao, currently appearing as Gloria Estefan in Playhouse’s Paper Mill On your feet!is somewhat of a Broadway newcomer. Cinderella will be her first time starring in the Main Voice, after serving as an understudy on Dear Evan Hansen and an ensemble in On your feet!
“I’m excited and excited that we’re bringing Bad Cinderella to the Imperial Theatre,” said Lloyd Webber. “We’ve been working hard on some new songs for our Broadway opening and with such a brilliant team, led by the spectacular Linedy, I know this is going to be very special.”
Linedy has already recorded the title song of the work in English and Spanish, which can be streamed here.
The London debut of the musical, at the time titled just Cinderella, began previews on June 25, 2021 at the Gillian Lynne Theater, officially opened on August 18, 2021 and ended on June 12, 2022. Laurence Connor returns at the helm of the Broadway arc after staging the West End production. Also returning for the Broadway debut is choreographer JoAnn M. Hunter.
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In the West End, Carrie Hope Fletcher (Heathers the musical, miserable) starred in the title role with Olivier nominee Victoria Hamilton-Barritt (Murder Ballad) as the stepmother, Ivano Turco as Prince Sebastian, Olivier winner Rebecca Trehearn (Show boat) as The Queen, Georgina Castle (Oh mom!) and Laura Baldwin (Waitress) as Cinderella’s stepsisters, and Gloria Onitiri (Hadestown) as the meter.
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Producing for the Broadway arc are No Guarantees and Really Useful Group, with Wagner Johnson Productions serving as executive producers.