Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 2:00pm
Experience Rodgers – Hammerstein’s Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love – the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more – plus some surprising new twists!
One of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved scores was not written for the stage, but for television: Cinderella. First aired in 1957, with a young Julie Andrews in the title role, it features such classic songs as “Ten Minutes Ago,” and “In My Own Little Corner,” among others. “Rodgers and Hammerstein tapped into a timelessness in their score that has made people revisit it time and time again,” says Ted Chapin, president of organization that bears the songwriters’ names. “It’s been remade twice for television.” But it wasn’t until 2013 this beloved story came to life on the Broadway stage.
The vision for this new Cinderella was to make her a more active character in her own fate. Playwright Douglas Carter Beane, writer of cheeky comedies like The Little Dog Laughed and the hit stage version of the cult film Xanadu, was brought on board to adapt the book. In addition to making Cinderella more active, Beane wanted to make the Prince less an ideal and more of a human being. “He needs somebody in his life to show him the right way,” explains Beane.
And now, after the show’s successful two-year run on Broadway and the subsequent tour still delighting audiences across the country, it’s obvious this melding of superb traditional songwriting and a playful new script has found a sweet spot for contemporary family audiences. In Cinderella, princesses can save the world and kindness is celebrated above all, and those are sentiments everyone can embrace.