As previously announced, the new, Broadway-bound musical will run at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington DC from November 30 – January 2, 2022. The musical was originally slated to open in Chicago, but the opening was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Briga Heelan and Justin Guarini will star as Cinderella and Prince Charming, with Tony Award winner John Glover as Narrator, Tony nominee Emily Skinner as Stepmother, Aisha Jackson as Briga Heelan will play Cinderella, with Justin Guarini as Prince Charming, Tony nominee Emily Skinner as Stepmother, Aisha Jackson as Snow White, Brooke Dillman as The O.F.G. (Original Fairy Godmother), and Mimi Scardulla and Tess Soltau as Stepsisters Belinda and Betany, respectively.
The cast also features Ashley Chiu as Sleeping Beauty, Raymond J. Lee as Clumsy, Wonu Ogunfowora as Rapunzel, Ryan Steele as Prince Erudite, Morgan Weed as Princess and the Pea, and Lauren Zarkin as Little Mermaid, with Adrianna Weir and Mila Weir sharing the role of Little Girl.
Rounding out show’s the ensemble is Belinda Allyn as Belle, Stephen Brower as Prince Suave, Jennifer Florentino as Little Red Riding Hood, Selena Haro as Gretl, Joshua Johnson as Prince Brawny, Amy Hillner Larsen as Goldilocks, Kevin Trinio Perdido as Prince Mischievous, and Stephen Scott Wormly as Prince Affable. The swing performers will be Matt Allen, Salisha Thomas, Matthew Tiberi, and Diana Vaden.
This highly anticipated musical takes classic fairy tales and flips them on their heads as characters we know and love learn that there is more to life than ball gowns and true-love’s kiss. Featuring top hits like “Oops!...I Did It Again,” “Lucky,” “Toxic,” and “Stronger,” from princess of pop Britney Spears, “Once Upon a One More Time” tells the story of fairy tale princesses during their fortnightly book club. When a fairy godmother drops “The Feminie Mystique” into their laps, they set on a journey of freedom and female empowerment (perfect timing, as Spears recently got her own happy ending after being released from a thirteen-year-long conservatorship).
“Coming out of a pandemic, I realized we needed a party,” artistic director Simon Godwin said. “We needed something glorious and fun and euphoric. And who better to help us do this than Britney Spears?”
The production’s creative team includes book writer Jon Hartmere, director and choreographer Keone and Mari Madrid, creative consultant David Leveaux, costume and hair designer Loren Elstein, scenic designer Anna Fleischle, lighting designer Sonoyo Nishikawa, sound designer Andrew Keister, production designer Sven Ortel, and wig designer Ashley Rae Callahan.
“Once Upon a One More Time” is presented at the Shakespeare Theatre Company by special arrangement with Nederlander Presentations, Inc.
Feature Photo: Briga Heelan, Justin Guarini