The Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, which began previews on January 25, 2013, before a March 3rd opening that year, will end its run this coming January. By the time of its closing, it will have played 41 previews and 770 regular performances. Along with its closing notice, the show has posted some good news. Nene Leakes, known for her reality show appearances on The Real Housewives of Atlanta and The Apprentice, will be joining the cast for its final months. Ms. Leakes will begin performances as Madame, Cinderella's stepmother, on November 25th and play through the show's closing on January 3rd, 2015. She will be taking the role from talk show host Sherri Shepherd, who will play the role from September 9th through November 22nd. The Broadway Theatre's next tenant has not yet been announced.
In other Broadway news, a Broadway transfer of the West End production of David Hare's Skylight, will come to the Golden Theatre in March, where it will begin playing in March after the closing of Pam McKinnon's revival of A Delicate Balance. The production will begin previews on March 16th in anticipation of an April 2nd opening. The production will play a limited 13 week run through June 14th. The London import will be directed by two-time Tony winner Stephen Daldry, and will star Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy. Here's how the producers have described the show: "On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollins (Ms. Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant, a successful and charismatic restauranteur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship, only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires." The production played to sold-out houses when it opened on the West End in June. The Broadway production will have set and costume design by Tony-winner Bob Crowley, lighting design by Tony-winner Natasha Katz, sound design by Tony-winner Paul Arditti, and original music by Paul Englishby.