Work Light Productions, producer of the Tony Award-winning musical Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA, is pleased to announce the national tour coming to The Broward Center for the Performing Arts, December 13 to 25, 2016.

Tatyana Lubov steps into the glass slippers in the title role of Cinderella and Hayden Stanes plays the role of Prince Topher, Cinderella’s dashing love interest.

Hayden is a 2012 graduate from the University of Northern Colorado with a BA in Musical Theatre. As a trained musical theatre actor, he has coached with acclaimed professionals such as Joan Lader, Dave Clemmons, and Jeff Whiting. He is proud to be a part of this magical production, and his regional credits include: Legally Blonde, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Arvada), Fiddler, St. Louis, Oz (Arrow Rock), and Toy Story/Golden Mickeys/ Villains (Disney Cruise Lines). NY Staged Readings: Wings of Fire, The Imaginary. It was a pleasure to sit down with Hayden for this exclusive Hotspots interview:

What was the first memory you have of performing/singing?
I was born in Australia and my mom taught country line dancing in the middle of the country. It was her way of bringing her American culture to Australia. When I was 7 years old, I would assist her and she had me dressed up in cowboy hats and boots. That was my first time performing.

What was your first professional (paid) gig?
My first professional gig was Forever Plaid, and it was the summer after I graduated high school. My high school director had a professional company and he casted my 3 best friends and myself. It was an awesome experience.

Other than Prince Topher, what has been your favorite role?
I would have to say Tateh in Ragtime, which I played my senior year in college. My second favorite was Kronk in Emperor’s New Groove.

What should the South Florida audiences expect out of this touring company of Cinderella?
They can expect all of the same gorgeous magic, costumes, and brilliant score from Roger and Hammerstein combined with new songs along with the music from the TV version. They can also expect a whole new plot. It’s the story of Cinderella with twists and turns along the way. There is a lot of refreshing humor and new layers to each character. The characters all have an amazing journey that they go through.

What’s ahead for Hayden?
This contract goes until June and I am excited to finish my first national tour. Afterwards I am looking forward to getting back to New York and getting my name back out there. I am also excited to come across opportunities to give back to the community and to use performance to encourage kindness and acceptance.

For more information on Hayden, you can follow him at: Facebook.com/HaydenStanes

The touring cast also features Leslie Jackson as Marie, The Fairy Godmother, Sarah Primmer as Madame, Ella’s wicked stepmother, Vincent Davis as Lord Pinkleton, Joanna Johnson as Charlotte, Ryan M. Huntas Sebastian, Mimi Robinson as Gabrielle and Chris Woods as Jean-Michele.

With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA combines the story’s classic elements – glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball along with some surprising twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting. She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who doesn’t let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness. She longs to escape the drudgery of her work at home and instead work to make the world a better place. She not only fights for her own dreams, but forces the prince to open his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams too.

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, a new book by Douglas Carter Beane and original book by Oscar Hammerstein II. The tour is directed by Gina Rattan and choreographed by Lee Wilkins. Music adaptation and arrangements are by David Chase and music supervision is by Greg Anthony Rassen. Orchestrations are by Bill Elliott and are adapted from the original Broadway orchestrations by Danny Troob.

One of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most popular titles, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA was written for television — debuting in 1957 starring Julie Andrews. In 2013, the show made its long-overdue Broadway debut. Along with CINDERELLA, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s legendary musicals include OKLAHOMA!, Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific and The Sound of Music.

Tickets are available at the Broward Center AutoNation Box Office, 201 SW Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33312, BrowardCenter.org or call 954.462.0222. Ticket prices start at $35*.