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Carly Rae Jepsen signed up for Cinderella musical after suffering writer's block

Feb 04, 2014 | 10:07am EST

Singer Carly Rae Jepsen is hoping her Broadway debut in beloved musical Cinderella will reignite her music creativity after struggling with writer's block. The Call Me Maybe hitmaker reveals she had been having trouble coming up with new tracks for the follow-up to her 2012 album Kiss and decided to take a break from her pop career after becoming "a little bit blocked". She tells the New York Times, "It's almost scary to acknowledge it when you're in that place, because it's like, well, will that stop? "I thought, how amazing would it be to take a left turn, somehow, and still come back to this (music). But 'left turn' - I didn't know what that meant." She set her heart on fulfilling her theatre dreams with a role on the New York stage and Cinderella lead producer, Robyn Goodman, admits she was blown away by Jepsen's rendition of show tune In My Own Little Corner. Goodman says, "We all knew she could sing, but there was something about her personality, that grace and charm. There's so many girls who are hip and dark, but the quality she has is so timeless." And Jepsen had nothing but encouragement from her manager, Scooter Braun: "She thought I would say, 'No, you need to stay making music and you can't do this Broadway thing.' (But) being on Broadway, show after show after show, only adds to her as an overall artist, and allows her to find that happiness and live her dream." Jepsen will kick off her 12-week stint on Broadway on Tuesday night (04Feb14), when actress Fran Drescher will also make her debut on the Great White Way as Cinderella's evil stepmother.

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