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Carly Rae Jepsen lands a leading role on Broadway

ST PAUL, MN - OCTOBER 08: Carly Rae Jepsen performs during the We Day Minnesota event at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota on October 8, 2013 (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images for Free the Children)

Carly Rae Jepsen lands a leading role on Broadway

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Dec 30, 2013

Singer Carly Rae Jepsen will soon be singing a new tune: "Call Me Cindy."

The Canadian pop star, who rose to prominence in 2012 via her worldwide hit single "Call Me Maybe," has been cast in the title role in "Rogers & Hammerstein's Cinderella" and will make her Broadway debut in the musical early next year, reports The New York Times. The show's producers announced the casting news Sunday.
 
Jepsen's 12-week Broadway run kicks off Feb. 4. She joins the previously announced Fran Drescher, who will also make her debut on that date in the role of the cruel stepmother, reports The New York Times.
 
According to a news release, Jepsen, 28, "grew up with dreams of acting on Broadway and performed in high school productions of 'Annie,' 'Grease' and 'The Wiz' in British Columbia before turning her focus to creating her own music. She also attended the Canadian College of Performing Arts after high school."
 
“It was essentially musical theater training with studies in singing, dancing and acting,” she told The New York Times by email on Sunday. “My favorite part of the school year was our trip to New York, where we met Broadway performers and toured the theaters.” She called the role of Cinderella "so hopeful and inspiring,” and said. “I’ve always been one to believe in the impossible, so I relate to her character completely.”
 
Jepsen is also reportedly working on a new album planned for release in 2014.
Phyllis Stark

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Phyllis Stark is the Digital Executive Producer - National Content for Journal Broadcast Group.