'Cinderella,' a Lavish Production

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'Cinderella,' a Lavish Production


"Cinderella" will be directed by Bobby Garcia, who also directed BAE's acclaimed production of "The King and I."

Marc Routh, producer of BAEm says the musical will cost about US$2- million on its Manila production alone. "Cinderella" will be staged at the CCP Main Theater for several weeks before it moves to other Asian countries like Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Korea.

Cinderella's slipper perfectly fits Lea, who won the Lawrence Olivier Award in London, the Tony, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama Desk awards in Broadway for her outstanding performance as the Vietnamese bar girl Kim in "Miss Saigon." She is the first Asian to play Eponine in "Les Miserables" on Broadway and has also portrayed Fantine in the musical last year. Lea also played remarkably roles in several productions like Mei Li in "Flower Drum Song," the Witch in "Into the Woods," Eliza Doolittle in "My Fair Lady," Sonia Walsk in "They're Playing our Song," Sandy in "Grease," "The Goodbye Girl," The Fantastiks," "Paper Moon," "The Bad Seed," "The Sound of Music" and "Annie."

Playing The Prince is Peter Saide, originally from Brisbane, Australia and who was most recently seen as Tony in "Saturday Night Fever;" a principal vocalist in "Masquerade," a new Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, and in a recent adaptation of Sir Cameron Mackintosh's "Hey, Mr. Producer!" His Australian credits include "Into the Woods" (Cinderella's Prince/Wolf), "Chicago" (Billy Flynn) "Chess" (Anatoly) and various other musicals, operettas and cabarets. Peter has also been seen in Tokyo Disney Resort's "Encore!" and as a principal entertainer for P&O and Norwegian Cruise Lines.

A team led by renowned Italian designer Renato Balestra will be in charge of the opulent costumes for "Cinderella." This is indeed very exciting, considering the fact that Balestra has dressed many famous women, from Hollywood royalty Elizabeth Taylor and Lauren Bacall to Saudi Arabian princesses, and leading celebrities of the international jet-set, from the Queen of Thailand to the Empress of Iran, to the first ladies of Egypt and the Phillippines. With Balestra in the team is Tony award-winning scenic designer David Gallo whose designs have included "The Drowsy Chaperone," "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and "Blue Man Group" and has also been honored by the Drama Desk, NAACP, Obie, American Theatre Wing, Outer Critics, Lortel, Eddy, Ovation, and Los Angeles Critics. Gallo's works are in the Smithsonian Institution's permanent collection. Together, Balestra and Gallo will work to create the magical world of Cinderella and her Prince Charming.

The BAE production of "Cinderella" (one of the most famous musical productions in the history of musical entertainment and which when aired live on CBS-TV was seen by the largest audience in television history, truly an event, a golden moment in the Golden Age of Television) will be adapted by Mark Waldrop, the award-winning writer and director whose credits include Bette Midler's Miss Millennium Tour.

Bobby Garcia will supervise the production of this allnew version of "Cinderella" which will be aimed at adult as well as family audiences in Asia. …

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