Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway – Magic is Back.
The MAGIC is back on broadway folks.
Before I dive into this review… a little background info about lil ole me.
I was once on a broadway show called the Titanic. Yes on broadway. I was in the chorus and the understudy for the bell boy. yes the bell boy was a girl. I have had YEARS of experience on stage, film, touring…etc. I still continue to perform in NYC and beyond… So in short I know my stuff when it comes to theatre and dance and art and performance.
Im sort of jaded with Broadway. Same way i don’t watch any dance related competition shows. It’s a thing.
I LOOOOVED Cinderella. That Broadway magic that everyone talks about is alive and well and absolutely HERE in this show.
Rodgers and Hammerstein Cinderella is a stunning visual treat for both the littles and the bigs. The house was packed…and we seemed to have the best seats in the house. orchestra level… 5 rows from the back… dead center. perfect. Little girls dressed up in princess dresses with tiaras filled the theatre.
This Cinderella was not the helpless, sobbing cinderella of our cartoon memories. There is an uprising… fight for democracy. The prince seems to be this aloof type who doesn’t know what’s going on in his kingdom and comes back from University to think everything is OK but is then told in an abrupt moment during the ball…by cinderella that all is NOT well in the land. Say wha!
Then he decides to have the kingdom’s first ever election…. not very fairy tale like is it.
The wicked stepmother, played by Harriet Harris, isn’t very ‘wicked’ toward cinderella. Her zingy one liners delivered in a dry – sarcastic tone, kept me wanting more of her character. However the classic ‘meanness’ that we want from her doesn’t really ever happen which makes it hard to fully sympathize with Cinderella….Since she’s not being THAT oppressed and all.
Triple threat Laura Onses who plays the title role is an absolute delight to watch. Her voice, her timing and her dancing are just divine.
The costumes seem to magically change right in front of your eyes… garnering ‘oohs’ and “aahs” from the audience.
Choreographer Josh Rhodes does a stellar job with the dancing – athletic numbers and big classic partnering which make the fluffy fancy dresses bounce all about the stage and is wonderful to watch… even for this “downtown modern dance” dancer.
This story is a classic. Everyone from a 7-year-old to a 70-year-old has heard this story which adds to experience.
Lily loved every single moment of the show… from the overture.. yes an actual overture… to the dancing, the slipper… all of it! After the show we were invited to stick around for a Q&A with the cast. Very exciting for Lily to see the cast without the makeup.
She was blown away by how beautiful Laura Onses- Cinderella- was in real life, the prince was handsome in real life too but the wicked step mother didn’t seem so wicked.. “hmm, she’s a good actor” Lily said.
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My favorite moment:
It’s midnight, Cinderella has to run because the whole spell falls apart. So she runs down the cascading stairs in pure princess fashion… shoe falls off… but she runs back and picks it up. GASP! say what.. how will the prince ever find her? Prince decides to have a second banquet because the mysterious princess will certainly come to that… sort of like a bat signal i guess. Of course Cinderella comes to the banquet. Midnight happens again. spell about to end again. she runs down the cascading stairs in pure princess fashion again. No shoe falls off. GASP! what. BUT… she stops, takes her shoe off and hand it to the prince. Let me tell you.. the ENTIRE audience erupted! This was the MOMENT. the ‘money shot”. Magic I tell you.
That moment right there folks makes the whole show MAGIC and absolutely takes you right back to your childhood when every fairytale and every story came to life in your head in the most vivid of Technicolor.
Then there’s the dresses.. oh the dresses are stunning and that wedding dress at the end of the show… brings the house down!
As the announcement that precedes the show states, kindly turn off your phones and leave your worries and cares at the door, this show did exactly that.
Cinderella has brought that magic of Broadway…well… back to broadway. It’s classic, it’s beautiful, It’s a show! it’s what Broadway should be.
This is sure to sell out during the holiday and summer season, I highly recommend you get your little princess some tickets as soon as possible.
Cinderella is playing at the Broadway Theater, 1681 Broadway, at 53rd Street, (212) 239-6200, telecharge.com. Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes.