Opera Australia names Matilda Moran and Bianca Bruce as stepsisters in CINDERELLA

Lyndon Terracini for Opera Australia and John Frost for Crossroads Live Australia today announced the two talented actors who will star as Cinderella’s stepsisters in one of the greatest musicals of all time. The Tony® Award-winning production of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella will open at the Regent Theater in Melbourne from May 20, with a season at the Sydney Lyric Theater from October 23.

Matilda Moran will play Gabrielle, the half-sister who is initially aligned with her materialistic mother and sister, but whose kindness and thoughtful nature emerges as she is affected by Ella and falls in love with poor revolutionary Jean-Michel. A WAAPA graduate, Matilda has played Fantine in Les Misérables, Gussie in Merrily We Roll Along, Kate in Titanic: the Musical and Patty Simcox in The Original Grease.

Bianca Bruce was cast as half-sister Charlotte who is loud, brash, deeply involved, and delights in being cocky. Bianca was recently seen as Pam on the 50 Shades Australian Tour! The Musical Parody and in Music of the Night – The Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Previously, she appeared as Camila in the Australian premiere of In the Heights, as Ethel in Memphis the Musical, and made her television debut in How To Stay Married on Channel 10.

Matilda and Bianca join the cast of this lavish production, alongside Shubshri Kandiah (Aladdin, Fangirls) as Ella (Cinderella); Ainsley Melham (Merrily We Roll Along, Aladdin) as Prince Topher; Silvie Paladino (Mamma Mia!, Les Miserables) as Marie, the fairy godmother; Tina Bursil (TV’s Doctor Doctor, Wentworth) as Madame, Ella’s stepmother, and Todd McKenney (The Boy from Oz, Shrek) as Lord Chancellor, Sebastian. Daniel Belle (My Fair Lady, Les Miserables) plays Lord Pinkleton, the second-in-command of the royal household, while Josh Gardiner (Billy Elliot, Rent) is Jean-Michel, the poor revolutionary in love with Gabrielle. The cast will be rounded out by William Brougham, Mackenzie Dunn, Danielle Evrat, Luke Haberecht, Matthew Jenson, Lauren Jimmieson, Leah Lim, Rubin Matters, Joshua Russell, Greta SheriffLewis Shilvock, Suzanne SteeleTom Struik, Daniel Szesiong Todd, Alexis van Maanen, dean vinceDaniel Wijngaarden, Erica Wild and Emily Wood.

John Frost and Lyndon Terracini said: “We are thrilled to have Matilda and Bianca join this exceptional cast, led by Shubshri, Ainsley, Silvie, Tina and Todd, and we know they will love bringing this much-loved story to life. Cinderella is the he one of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s greatest scores and this production with beautiful orchestrations, gorgeous costumes and sets, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love from the classic story, will have audiences coming back for more. Be sure to get a ticket soon!”

New tickets for this glorious and uplifting Broadway production of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella have just gone on sale in Melbourne. It is now on sale until June 26, 2022, while the Sydney season is on sale until November 13, 2022. With its new take on the beloved story of a young woman who transforms from a woman From bedroom to princess, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella combines classic story elements – glass slippers, pumpkin, a beautiful masquerade ball and more – with a few surprising twists. More than a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairy tale setting. A fiery young woman with sense and soul, she not only fights for her own dreams, but forces the prince to open his eyes to the world around him and follow his dreams too.

The stage version of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella made its long-awaited Broadway debut in January 2013, with a new book by Douglas Carter Beane and led by Marc Brokawa, and it lasted two years. Mr. Beane’s book pairs masterfully with the musical’s darling score, with songs such as In my little corner, Impossible/it is possible, Ten minutes ago and Do I like you Because you are beautiful? Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is a romantic and thrilling experience for anyone who has ever dreamed. Waiting list now to be the first to buy tickets here.



Venue: Regent Theatre, Collins Street, Melbourne

Season: From May 20, 2022

Performance times: Wed-Sat 7:30 p.m., Wed 1 p.m., Sat 2 p.m., Sun 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., Tuesday May 24 only

7:30 p.m.

Price: From $69.00 (transaction fees apply)

Reservations: ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100


Venue: Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star

Season: From October 23, 2022

Performance times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at 1 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. (show times vary each week)

Price: From $69.00 (transaction fees apply)

Reservations: ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100

Photo credits: David Hooley

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