One of my favorite musicals growing up did not take place in a theater. It was the made for television movie version of Cinderella by Rodgers and Hammerstein starring Leslie Ann Warren as Cinderella. When I heard that this musical version of Cinderella was coming to Broadway, I couldn’t wait to see it.
Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote the music and lyrics for hit show such as Oklahoma, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music. The music of Cinderella is in the same league. In fact I still remembered the words to all the songs when I entered the theater. I still don’t understand why it took so long for this musical to come to Broadway.
All of my favorite songs were in the new Broadway Cinderella (Ten Minutes Ago, Impossible, In My Own Little Corner) and the new cast is fantastic. The musical numbers were such a treat. The costumes and sets were colorful and beautiful. Cinderella’s changes of clothes from rags to gown and back again was nothing less than magic. I felt like a kid again.
The only thing about the show that I wasn’t sure I liked at first were the plot changes. How do you change the plot of a classic story like Cinderella. Sure, the basic plot stayed the same, but many elements changed. However, once I got used to the changes, I realized that they were for the better. They added humor to the show. They also made the show more modern. Cinderella is now a stronger woman and there are other conflicts other than the Prince finding Cinderella.
|1965 TV Version|
Cinderella is a wonderful Broadway musical for the entire family. If you have seen it before, either the 1965 version I mentioned above, or the 1997 version starring Brandy, you will love seeing it really come to life on stage. And if you never saw Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, you are really in for a treat.
Full Disclosure: I received free tickets for Cinderella from TheMoms for review purposes. All opinions are completely my own.