Arts & Entertainment
Spring 2013 Broadway Guide
by Whitney Spaner, 01/14/2013
Courtesy, Broadway Inbound
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Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella
The story of Cinderella, the mistreated stepdaughter who sleeps in the cinders, has been told in many different ways—in French; animated with rodent companions; on TV with everyone from Julie Andrews to Lesley Anne Warren to Brandy in the title role; and even on ice—but this is the first time the glass-slipper-wearing maid turned princess will be on the Great White Way. The production is loosely based on Rogers and Hammerstein's 1957 TV movie musical, with a few additions from the legendary songwriting duo’s catalog, but Cinderella's story is changing. With a book by witty modern playwright Douglas Carter Beane, this Cinderella is not just sitting around waiting to be rescued by her prince. In this version, it's Cinderella—played by rising star Laura Osnes—who rescues the Prince (Santino Fontana). But not to worry—the story still has plenty of magic, mostly provided by Tony-winner Victoria Clark as the Fairy Godmother.
The Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway. Previews begin January 25; opens March 3.