by Eileen, New York Guest Travel Planner
Last month I posted a blog listing the things I’m looking forward to most in 2013. I am incredibly happy to cross Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella off that list! Last night I took my best friend to a preview performance of the Cinderella, which officially opens on March 3rd. My friend and I both entered with unusually high expectations since we fell into the hype machine and have been looking forward to this for over month. We were not disappointed!
The story itself is timeless; variations date back to antiquity— each with different aspects but the general plot remains the same. A young maiden in unfortunate circumstance rises above said circumstances and her life is transformed into a luxurious one. The most well known version of the story was written by Charles Perrault in 1697. He added a touch of magic to a very basic story— a fairy godmother, a pumpkin transforming into carriage, and most importantly glass slippers. This production follows Perrault’s story the closest but with a new book provided by Douglas Carter Beane and the classic music of Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Cinderella is played by the exquisite Laura Osnes, who really brings such honesty and grace to the role. One of our favorites, Santino Fontana, is incredibly charming as Prince Topher (pun intended). The entire ensemble really shines well together. But what really had all of us gasping were the amazing costumes and sets. Without giving away spoilers, we were all blown away with the onstage magic and my colleagues and I walked away asking “how did they do that?”
At the heart of Cinderella, is actually … heart. The basic principles of kindness, compassion and understanding are there. The show manages to make you think and reconsider your fellow man, without being too preachy. And then there is of course love, which is at the source of all things. The love story is wonderfully portrayed by the two leads, and I think everyone left feeling all gooey inside.
Before writing this off as a musical for children, I would beg you to reconsider the music, the actors, and the story of Cinderella. I sat in the audience surrounded by couples, friends, and families all having a wonderful time. I wouldn’t pass up the chance to be a part of the magic! Feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to start planning your trip to see Cinderella on Broadway!