Cinderella

Theater, Musicals
Cinderella
Photograph: Carol Rosegg

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1957 TV tuner version of the fairy tale, featuring songs like “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” got an update for its 2013 Broadway revival, with a new book by Douglas Carter Beane that purports to make Ella a more modern, independent girl. The national tour, first seen in Chicago over the 2014 holiday season, returns for another visit to the (Cadillac) Palace, this time with a non-Equity cast.

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If you think you know Cinderella, think again! Rodger + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is reminiscent of old world storytelling with a modern twist. Updates to the storyline include an emphasis on practicing kindness and equality and a hefty dose of humor. The prince jokes about his fate of attending an all boys college and not knowing how to speak to girls while Cinderella’s step-sister (Charlotte) nearly steals the show with her hilarious punchlines and comedic timing. As every Cinderella story should, magic prevails in this performance as well. Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother do an insanely good job of transforming their wardrobes right before your very eyes! It truly feels like magic! Beautiful sets and wardrobe, great acting and a delightful portrayal of the classic fairytale that lives in all our hearts.