A Conversation with Terry Burrell of the Alliance Theater’s Ever After

“Everyone wants to fall in love, and this is the quintessential love story… with a twist,” said Terry Burrell, who chatted with SFL about the production of “Ever After,” a musical adapted from the film starring Drew Barrymore as Cinderella. 

The difference is that Cinderella is an activist of sorts. Even the “Prince Charming” character is a bit self-aware, able to examine himself and his privilege as part of his journey. Burrell ought to know—she plays his mother, Queen Marie, who she describes as a peacemaker. 

“She’s a tolerant traditionalist who’s aware that there is change in the air, that the gap between the classes is closing,” explained Burrell. The Prince rejects an old-school arranged marriage to the Princess of Spain to go his own route and make a love match. Now all Queen Marie has to do is convince the King to go along.

Terry Burrell is a force in her own right, having starred in many productions on Broadway from “Into the Woods” to “Dreamgirls,” as well as the recent “Black Nativity” in Atlanta. 

When asked about the arts scene here in Atlanta, she raved, “It’s tremendous! There is such diversity in theater here and people will spend money if they see themselves.” She credits the leadership of Susan Booth at the Alliance Theater, stressing her unbelievable commitment. 

“The sheer variety of parts is amazing in this city, and the opportunities are endless,” said Burrell, noting that she never gets bored or stuck playing the same kind of part. To this point, Burrell has even lent her talents to a puppet show. 

“I love the scope of theater here,” she added.

I can’t wait to see Terry display her jaw-dropping talent in “Ever After”! Won’t you join me? 


“Ever After” is a captivating musical based on the hit film. From award-winning songwriting team Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler (“Junie B. Jones,” “Dear Edwina”) the creative team led by Director Susan V. Booth (“Native Guard,” “Troubadour”) and Choreographer JoAnn M. Hunter (“Disaster!”, “School of Rock – The Musical”), “Ever After” celebrates the true magic at the heart of the beloved Cinderella tale—the strength of the human spirit. 

“Ever After” stars Sierra Boggess (“School of Rock – The Musical,” “The Little Mermaid”) as Danielle de Barbarac, Terry Burrell (“The Threepenny Opera”) as Queen Marie, Todd Buonopane (Rodgers + Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”) as Captain Laurent, Tony Award-winner Shuler Hensley (“Oklahoma!”) as Leonardo da Vinci, Chris Kayser as King Francis, Jeff McCarthy (“The Pirate Queen,” “Urinetown”) as Pierre Malette, Tim Rogan as Prince Henry, and Drama Desk Award-winner Rachel York (“Head Over Heels,” “Disaster!”) as Baroness Rodmilla du Ghent.  

“Ever After” opened the Alliance Theatre’s newly renovated Coca-Cola Stage and runs through February 17.