Some of the best parts of living in New York is being within an hour of the Great White Way. Yes, Broadway and all of its wonders. Although we are not night people, especially with kids in tow, I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take my girls to see RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA On Broadway a couple of weeks ago. Instead of driving in, we took the E train and ended up in Manhattan directly across the street from The Broadway Theater, located at 1681 Broadway at 53rd Street.
The minute my girls spotted the large poster of the glass slipper near the entrance of The Broadway Theater, they were in total princess mode. Since the weather was on the colder side, we quickly went in to the theater. The inside of the theater was ‘warm and sparkling’. The excitement of the girls brought me back to my own childhood. I remember how I had felt when my parents brought me to the theater. I felt so blessed to have the opportunity to share that memory again with my own children.
In true traveling with kids’ fashion, once inside the theater our first stop was the bathroom. Yes even the look of the bathroom was exciting for them. Where else can you find chandeliers, sofas, and pretty wallpaper in a bathroom? The girls also enjoyed seeing all of the other kids dressed-up. Many of the young girls even wore their own Cinderella dresses and tiaras. If you have the chance to see this show, let your girls come in costume. I would have done this, but my daughter’s Cindrella dress has been so worn, it is just an ‘in-house’ outfit now.
Soon enough, we took our seats. Just so you know, the stage is set beautifully with tons of trees; definitely caught our attention. I also love how the theater provides booster seats for younger kids, which both of my girls used. This helped them see over the person in front of them. Within a few minutes, the girls were completely awe struck by the stage in front of them. Sure, we have been to shows before, however, we had never been to a Broadway show. This was the big time. The girls were captivated for the next couple of hours. Something that I really loved was how Mr. Beane’s book for RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’s CINDERELLA brought a new romantic twist on the ultimate makeover story of a maid-turned-princess, mixing fresh comedy and wit with the beloved tale’s classic elements — the pumpkin, glass slipper, masked ball and more. In addition to musical numbers from the original score — including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” “Ten Minutes Ago” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?” — this CINDERELLA also includes songs from the Rodgers + Hammerstein “trunk.” The incredible costume changes still have my daughters and I in awe. Cinderella went from her schleppy servant clothes to sophisticated starlet right in front of our very eyes. Now, this is something to see!
I must add that since we are not night people, my girls did get tired by the last 15 minutes of the show. However, they perked up because the set, costumes, and scene in the last act is just so spectacular.
From young to old, this show is something to see. A little bit about the history of show.
RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA, one of their most popular titles, was written for television, debuting in 1957 starring Julie Andrews. The musical has never been performed on Broadway, although stage adaptations have been performed worldwide since 1958. 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.
The cast in the performance I saw was just incredible. Leading the cast of RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA are Laura Osnes as Cinderella and Santino Fontana as the Prince, along with Tony winner Victoria Clark as the fairy godmother, Tony winner Harriet Harris as Madame, Cinderella’s stepmother; Ann Harada as stepsister Charlotte; Marla Mindelle as stepsister Gabrielle; Peter Bartlett as Sebastian, Prince Topher’s mentor and Lord Chancellor, Greg Hildreth as the rebel Jean-Michel and Phumzile Sojola as Lord Pinkleton. Jill Abramovitz, Kristine Bendul, Drew Franklin, Heidi Giberson, Stephanie Gibson, Shonica Gooden, Kendal Hartse, Robert Hartwell, Laura Irion, Adam Jepsen, Andy Jones, Andy Mills, Linda Mugleston, Alessa Neeck, Peter Nelson, Nick Spangler, Kirstin Tucker, Cody Williams, Branch Woodman and Kevin Worley complete the cast.
If you are visiting New York while of RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA is on Broadway, this is a must see performance. RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA has production design by a team with numerous Tony Awards and nominations to their credit:
Scenic Design by Anna Louizos (Tony nominee IN THE HEIGHTS, HIGH FIDELITY; also AVENUE Q, IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS);
Costume design by William Ivey Long (5-time Tony winner for HAIRSPRAY, THE PRODUCERS, GREY GARDENS, CRAZY FOR YOU, NINE);
Lighting design by Ken Posner (Tony winner THE COAST OF UTOPIA; also WICKED, HAIRSPRAY, OTHER DESERT CITIES);
Sound design by Nevin Steinberg (The Gershwin’s PORGY AND BESS, LA BOHEME; BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO, HAIR, IN THE HEIGHTS).
Tickets to RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA are on sale through Telecharge and can be purchased by calling 212-239-6200, online at www.telecharge.com. Tickets are also on sale at the Broadway Theater (1681 Broadway at 53rd Street). Use CIMOTHERS for a 35% discount on tickets.
For more information please visit www.CinderellaOnBroadway.com
Disclaimer: This was not a paid post. I was provided tickets to RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA in order to write this review. The opinions expressed in this post are my own.