There’s a wonderful representation of Canucks on Broadway this season, and today Carly Rae Jepsen joins the ranks as she makes her Great White Way debut in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA (replacing Laura Osnes).
Jepsen is a Canadian recording artist who hails from Mission, British Columbia and became famous when her single ‘Call Me Maybe’ reached the number one position on both the Billboard and Canadian Hot 100 charts (and topped the charts in 19 other countries). Just in case you’ve been living under a rock – THIS is ‘Call Me Maybe’:
With the addition of Jepsen, Canadians have much to be proud when you look at the quality and calibre of Canucks gracing Broadway stages this season. In fact, both The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail recently did feature articles on the Canadian men on Broadway right now.
In addition to the aforementioned Canadian Idol threesome, also representing Canadaland on Broadway are Degrassi alum Jake Epstein in Beautiful, Straford fave Paul Nolan in Once, Kyle Riabko in What’s It All About – Bacharach Reimagined, Nick Cordero in Bullets Over Broadway, Laird Mackintosh in The Phantom of the Opera and Ramin Karimloo who will make his Broadway debut as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables this March.
When Les Miserables debuts it will add two more Canadians to the tally with Caissie Levy as Fantine and Cliff Saunders as Thenardier, and Rock of Ages is still going strong with three Canucks in the cast – Cody Scott Lancaster , Tony Lepage and Tessa Alves (who were all part of the Canadian cast when it was produced here via Mirvish)
Needless to say, it’s an incredibly happy time for this ginger girl who has always trumpeted the incredibly triple threats our great nation produces. I’ve got a big birthday looming in March (one day after Les Mis makes her grand debut) and can think of no better way to celebrate than a trip down to NYC to cheer on all our Canucks. True North Strong and Free indeed!
For today, we cheer on Carly Rae Jepsen. Whether you agree with the casting decision or not, she will likely generate a ton of press for Cinderella, for musical theatre and for Canada. And that is something to celebrate.
Here are some of my favourite pictures of Carly Rae’s journey so far – clearly this is a girl who’s enjoying her trip to the Broadway stage (all photos courtesy of @carlyraejepson on twitter):