The play 'Bad Cinderella' premieres with a Dominican lead
Linedy Genao will be tasked with bringing the modern Cinderella to life.
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Director and producer Andrew Lloyd Webber, announced at a press conference that his new play, which is a contemporary adaptation of the famous fairy tale Cinderella, will preview on Feb. 17 and its official premiere in March.
"The premiere will be on March 23, which is the day after my 75th birthday," said Webber, who also announced Linedy Genao as the new Cinderella, "I can't get a better birthday present than the young lady I'm going to introduce to you, who will be our Cinderella."
Genao, who will have her first leading role on Broadway, described herself as "a proud Dominican-American," according to an official statement released by the play.
"It is the honor of my life to be able to represent the Latino community, the Dominicans. I never had the experience of seeing myself represented on television. I am very grateful for this opportunity, especially from a musical theater god," she said during a press conference with Webber last week.
The actress also mentioned that for both her and her Dominican parents this "is a dream" from which she says she doesn't know when she will wake up to begin rehearsals after Christmas.
Genao was part of On Your Feet! and was an understudy in Dear Evan Hansen. This Fall, she will star in a new production of On Your Feet! at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey.
In Bad Cinderella, the actress said her character will not be the typical Cinderella from the old fairy tale "who was quiet and obedient."
"This Cinderella knows who she is, she's rebellious and she's not going to change her ways because of people," Genao said.
Bad Cinderella, which has already been performed in London under the title of Cinderella, is a contemporary adaptation of the classic fairy tale, now with a consideration of beauty standards and body shaming, as well as racy language and same-sex relationships, the New York Times reported.