'Ever After' to get musical treatment in 2013 -- can Broadway handle three Cinderellas?

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Is Cinderella the new Snow White? With Into the Woods taking Central Park this summer, Douglas Carter Beane’s rejiggered Cinderella tentatively scheduled for next season, and a third Cinderella story now entering the mix, glass slippers are in fashion on Broadway. Producers of Ever After, a new musical based on the 1998 film starring Drew Barrymore and Anjelica Huston, announced plans on Tuesday for a Broadway opening during the 2013-2014 season, with a pre-Broadway engagement planned (but not announced).

Directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall (Nice Work If You Can Get it, Anything Goes), the production “tells the story of Danielle de Barbarac, the daughter of a nobleman in 16th-century France, who embarks on a series of adventures, standing up to her scheming stepmother, befriending Leonardo da Vinci and winning the love of the crown prince of France,” according to a press release. The new musical will feature music by Zina Goldrich and book and lyrics by Marcy Heisler. Additional casting, dates and creative team members will be announced at a later date.

The original film version starred Barrymore as the titular Cinderella figure and Huston as her cold, manipulative stepmother. While Broadway can no doubt handle three Cinderellas (staggered throughout the season), the real question is whether the Great White Way is ready for another movie-turned-musical. At last count, there are at least 12 slated over the next two years. Can you say bibbidi bobbidi box office?

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