Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which opened Sunday at the Broadway Theatre, mixes songs from the back catalog of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II along with music they wrote for the original 1957 TV version of this classic tale, which starred Julie Andrews hot off her turn as Eliza Doolittle on Broadway.
With a new book by Douglas Carter Beane (Lysistrata Jones), director Mark Brokaw manages a lot of dancing, special effects, heavy scenery and quality singing, all in the service of this story we’ve grown to love. However, there has been reworking of the plot that gives it some politically progressive charge, as well as messages about self-esteem and self-empowerment.
The production has performed well in the weeks leading up to its opening. While in previews, Cinderella regularly grossed more than $1 million each week, a feat uncommon for a show without any major celebrities. The production is a likely draw for audiences of the younger variety—ones that wear sparkly dresses and will requests tiaras at intermission.
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