Fans of theater and musicals are ecstatic to hear that the Tony Award nominee, Denée Benton, will be returning to her role as Cinderella in the Into the Woods multiverse this November. The actress, 30, will be reprising the role she played earlier this year as a part of New York City Center Encores!
Her performance will begin at the St. James theater on November 21 and will continue to December 24th. The show’s cast will include “Patina Miller and Montego Glover sharing the role of The Witch, Stephanie J. Block as the Baker’s Wife, Brian d’Arcy James as the Baker, Gavin Creel as the Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince, Joshua Henry returns as Rapunzel’s Prince (beginning on November 22), Katy Geraghty as Little Red Ridinghood, Jim Stanek as the Steward, Ann Harada as Jack’s Mother, Cole Thompson as Jack, and Alysia Velez as Rapunzel.”
The show was so much of a success, and her role was so beloved the casting knew she had to return. In an exclusive interview with Broadway magazine, she tells the story of how she was originally cast in the Encores! Production of Into the Woods, starring Niel Patrick Harris in high school. “I was at a new high school, and one of my best friends made me audition for it,” Benton explained. “I got cast as Rapunzel. I remember falling in love with the show, and Cinderella’s been a dream role for a long time. I didn’t think I would ever get a chance to do it. At the age I’m now, I remember Into the Woods was the first time I got introduced to the gray area of life, you know? Hearing ‘nice is different than good’ blows your mind when you’re a kid.”