March 3, 2013
The smart and beautiful young Ella lives in the care of her wicked, self-absorbed stepmother Madame and Madame’s two daughters, Charlotte and Gabrielle. Ella’s only friends in the world are the animals in the woods, “crazy Marie” and the revolutionary student Jean-Michel. Meanwhile in another part of the kingdom, Prince Topher is trying to find himself and learn his place in the kingdom. When his scheming advisor Sebastian suggests throwing a ball so the Prince could meet potential brides, Ella and Topher’s different worlds come together.
The musical reimagines the classic rags to riches fairytale Cinderella. Only in this version, Ella is a strong, socially minded woman and her Prince is a young man unsure of the leader he wants to be. Playwright Douglas Carter Beane told playwright, “Cinderella is much more in line with the original French version by Perrault in that she is a woman of strength and kindness. It’s about kindness in the face of cruelty.” In addition to the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein score, Cinderella also includes R&H trunk songs.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella began as a landmark television event starring Julie Andrews. The made-for-TV-musical aired on CBS on March 31, 1957. Two more TV remakes followed, one in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren, and one in 1997 starring Brandy. Cinderella was turned into a stage adaptation which toured and played regionally, but never appeared on Broadway. The current Broadway production includes a completely reconceived book by Tony nominee Douglas Carter Beane.
Book by Douglas Carter Beane; music by Richard Rodgers; and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II.
Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman, Stephen Kocis, Edward Walson, Venetian Glass Productions, The Araca Group, Luigi & Rose Caiola, Roy Furman, Walter Grossman, Peter May/Sanford Robertson, Glass Slipper Productions/Eric Schmidt, Ted Liebowitz/James Spry and Blanket Fort Productions.
—Broadway,com Audience Choice Award nominee for Favorite Musical Revival
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Musical
—Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Cinderella was first presented on stage at London’s Coliseum in December 1958 as a traditional holiday pantomime.