Theater: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Opened: March 3, 2013

Book by: Oscar Hammerstein II & Douglas Carter Beane

Music by: Richard Rodgers

Lyrics by: Oscar Hammerstein II

Original Broadway Cast: Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Victoria Clark, Harriet Harris, Peter Bartlett, Ann Harada, Greg Hildreth, Marla Mindelle, Phumzile Sojola, Jill Abramovitz, Kristine Bendul, Heidi Giberson, Stephanie Gibson, Shonica Gooden, Kendal Hartse, Robert Hartwell, Laura Irion, Andy Jones, Andy Mills, Linda Mugleston, Peter Nelson, Nick Spangler, Cody Williams, Branch Woodman & Kevin Worley

Cinderella is brought into the 21st century with this updated musical.

The plot follows the typical storyline where the mistreated Cinderella (Laura Osnes) meets the prince (Santino Fontana) at a ball and he uses her slipper to find her. But, this version features a socioeconomic subplot where radicalist Jean-Michel (Greg Hildreth) wants to overthrow the government and Cinderella uses her connection with the prince to speak about the needs of the less fortunate.

With the updated book, this familiar show feels fresh. Osnes and Fontana beautifully play their roles with elegance, comedy and wonder as both characters start influencing the other’s world. It also presents Cinderella and her stepsister Gabrielle (Marla Mindelle) as feminists.

At the same time, the costumes, sets and musical numbers are as beautiful as ever.

Final say: Perfection with a modern twist. ★★★★★

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