Fox’s next musical drama Monarch will get Tony award-winning talent, as Broadway’s Faith Prince is set to join the cast in a major recurring role. She will appear opposite stars Susan Sarandon, Anna Friel, Trace Adkins and Beth Ditto.
Created by Melissa London Hilfers, Monarch is described as a multigenerational Texas-sized musical drama about America’s first country music family, the Romans. The Romans are led by the incredibly talented, yet tough country music queen, Dottie Cantrell Roman (Sarandon). With her beloved husband Albie (Adkins), Dottie created a country music dynasty. But even though the Roman name is synonymous with authenticity, the very foundation of their success is a lie. And when their reign as the country’s royalty is in jeopardy, heir to the crown Nicolette “Nicky” Roman (Friel) will stop at nothing to protect her family’s legacy, while ensuring her own quest for fame. .
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The series begins Sunday, January 30.
Prince will take on the role of Nellie Cantrell, Dottie’s problem-loving younger sister. According to the character description: All the King’s Horses and All the King’s Men couldn’t make Nellie look 35 again, but she’s sexy.
Hilfers will write and produce Monarch, while Instinct creator and royal pains Executive producer Michael Rauch, who oversaw the project’s writers room, will serve as showrunner and executive producer. Gail Berman and Hend Baghdady also produce alongside Jason Owen of Sandbox Entertainment. Jason Ensler will direct and produce the first episode. Adam Anders is executive music producer. Monarch is produced by Fox Entertainment.
The other cast members are Josh Sasse, Meagan Holder, Martha Migareda, Emma Milani, Eva Amurri and Adam Croasdell.
Prince, a major actor in the Broadway world, won the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards in 1992 for his performance as Ms. Adelaide in Guys and dolls. His additional credits on Broadway include Catastrophe !, Annie, The Little Mermaid, The Bells Are Ringing, Nick & Nora, Jerome Robbins Broadway, Little Me, The Dead and Noises off.
Prince has already reoffended on ABC Family Melissa & Joey. She also appeared on Drop Dead Diva, Huff, Spin City, Emily in Paris, Modern Family and Shout the queens. Additional TV credits include CSI, Ugly Betty, monk and Law and order.
She is represented by Kazarian / Measures / Ruskin and Powerline Entertainment.