Apr 10, 2012 | Artist News
The anticipation is building for Show Hope'sTM presentation of the classic musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, Enchanted Edition. The third annual Show Hope Spring Celebration is ready to hit the Schermerhorn Symphony stage on Thursday, April 12th.
To help advance Show Hope’sTM mission of caring for the most pressing needs of orphans around the world and to commemorate the life of Maria Sue Chapman, a star-studded cast is teaming up with the Nashville Symphony for this “one-night-only” concert performance will again offer colorful costumes, a flourish of makeup, a dash of dancing, and a good measure of magic. Show Hope founders Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman dreamed for years about creating a major entertainment event for Nashville, wanting to be able to give back to the supporting community as well as to serve as a platform to celebrate and illuminate the mission of Show Hope and for the third year in a row, their dream will again become a reality.
Show Hope's Spring Celebration of Cinderella again features Steven Curtis Chapman as Executive Producer and Studio Tenn's Matt Logan as Director. The lead role of Cinderella and the Prince will be performed by Broadway stars Jessica Grove′ (Les Miserables, Thoroughly Modern Millie) and Ryan Silverman (Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story). Joining them on stage will be Jodi Benson, the original voice of Ariel from Disney’s "The Little Mermaid," returning to the Schermerhorn stage as the Fairy Godmother. Country superstars Linda Davis will play the Queen and the role of the King will be reprised once again by Gary Morris ("Wind Beneath My Wings") who starred on Broadway as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. Broadway's Jake Speck (Jersey Boys) and Nan Gurley return for the third time in their unforgettable roles, Speck as the steward Lionel and Gurley as the Stepmother. Melinda Doolittle, who became a household name on season six of "American Idol," will play Stepsister Joy, and Bridget Berger, from Broadway’s Jersey Boys, will play the role of Stepsister Grace.