BroadwayWorld has just reported that Carly Rae Jepsen, the singer of the catchy pop hit “Call Me Maybe”, will take over the role of Ella in the current Broadway production of Cinderella, the new take on the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein television musical which features a book by Douglas Carter Bean.
Personally, I’m pretty excited about this news. I loved “Call Me Maybe” and also Jepsen’s collaboration with Owl City, “Good Time”. And it seems she has a musical theatre background too, with Jepsen saying that she has musical theater training in singing, dancing and acting.
Jepsen’s tweets over the past couple of hours have captured her excitement about being cast as Ella. One of the most recent features a shout-out to the current Ella, Laura Osnes:
Dear @LauraOsnes I think you are truly lovely. Big shoes to fill! It’s an honor to try on the Cindy shoes! Xoxox
Now I’m certain there will be a lot of backlash on the Internet, just as there was for Carrie Underwood when she was cast as Maria in The Sound of Music Live. But for better or worse, I’m in Jepsen’s corner on this one. I hope that she’ll be great, and I’ve got a feeling she will be. I’m looking forward to hearing her sing those wonderful Rodgers and Hammerstein tunes like “In My Own Little Corner”, “Ten Minutes Ago” and “A Lovely Night”.