I was most familiar with the Disney version of the story of Cinderella before watching the play. I knew that Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella would be different from the Disney storyline but the play exceeded my expectations for many reasons!
Here is a little more about the play.
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 herquest 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.
1. It was funny!
I wasn’t expecting to laugh as much as I did. One of the stepsisters named Charlotte brought me the most laughs but there was a good amount of humor throughout the show.
2. The dress transformations are amazing!
You will find yourself wishing that you could have an instant replay to wrap your mind around how they make the dress transformations possible. It happens fast so make sure that you pay close attention.
3. The creative set and lavish costumes really helped create a grand setting.
4. The combination of incredible music by RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN and singing and dancing by the talented cast was so entertaining to watch.
5. CINDERELLA is kid friendly and appeals to all ages.
On opening night there were a lot of kids in the audience who seemed to also be enjoying themselves. There was something for everyone.
Sunday at 1:00PM and 6:30PM
*Tickets for CINDERELLA start at $29.
They are available at the Aronoff Center Box Office downtown at 650 Walnut Street, online at CincinnatiArts.org or by phone at 513.621.ARTS. For groups of 10 or more, contact the group sales department at 513.369.4363.
Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. For more information, please visit www.BroadwayInCincinnati.com.
*Photo credit for all images – © Carol Rosegg.
Disclosure: I was given complimentary tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.