Pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen has a more-than-maybe, ambitious resolution ready for the taking in the new year. Going from the concert stage to the bright lights of Broadway, the "Call Me Maybe" chanteuse will take on the lead role in "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cindrella," stepping into the shoes of current Tony-winning performer Laura Osnes -- who wraps her year-long role in January.
Jepsen, who has extensive theatrical training under her belt, will begin her 12-week trek in her glass slippers on Feb 4. Her previous acting roles include in “Annie,” “Grease” and “The Wiz” in British Columbia -- all before her pursuit of her music career. She later participate in the third installment of "Canadian Idol," ultimately finishing in third place.
“It was essentially musical theater training with studies in singing, dancing and acting,” she writes in an email to The New York Times. “My favorite part of the school year was our trip to New York, where we met Broadway performers and toured the theaters.”
She adds, “It’s so hopeful and inspiring. I’ve always been one to believe in the impossible, so I relate to her character completely.”
TV actress Fran Drescher is also set to star as the evilly delusional step-mother in the upcoming production.