Roger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

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Last month I turned the big 3-0!  I have to say I was definitely nervous to head over to the third story of life, but I have embraced it and hope that my 30s blow my 20s out of the water!  I had the pleasure of spending my 30th birthday with one of the kindest princesses in all the land, Cinderella, but checking out Roger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway.  This whimsical production was just what i needed to feel like I was in a fairytale on my special day!  Here are five reasons why you’ll love Roger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella!

5. The Storyline

When we think of Cinderella, we can’t help but immediately channel our thoughts towards the infamous Walt Disney.  After all, he did take a classic fairytale and transform it into a beautiful full length animated feature film.  While Roger and Hammerstein take the same concepts from the beloved fairytale classic we all know and love, there is definitely a different feel to this show that Disney does not portray.  The characters are all based on real people and the animals in the play do not speak (like they do in the animated film).  There are also characters that are introduced here that are not in the animated film as well.  They make great additions that twist the storyline a little bit without taking away from the theme or moral of the story.  As you all know I love everything Disney, but I felt this style script was refreshing and it was executed beautifully.  Laughter is always refreshing, and I have to say, there were several moments that made me laugh out loud.  I love how this show included several funny moments and clever jokes within the dialogue of the script.  It definitely added a lot of fun to the storyline.

4. The Stage Props

The one thing that kept my jaw on the floor practically the entire time was the set up of the stage.  I truly felt I was taken into this story with the beautiful backgrounds and scenes that this play entailed.  There was such beauty and intricacy in many of the props that made the story come to life.  The colors of the set were captivating in and of itself.  My favorite, hands down, was Cinderella’s carriage.  I was blown away at how vintage and elegant it looked as it whisked her away to the ball.  It also had hundreds of little glowing lights all around it which gave it such a classic touch and feel to the scene.  It’s pretty clear that the budget for this was not limited!

3. The Costumes

I was truly blown away at the beauty and detail of the costumes that each of the actors wore.  The colors and various fabrics used really made for a vintage and classic feel.  The sophistication of each outfit was true to the character whether they were dressed in rags or riches.  My favorite of course was Cinderella’s ballgown.  Talk about a jaw dropper!  She looked so stunning I didn’t even want to blink.  I also loved how regal the carriage drivers looked with their classic white wigs and suits.  It was truly a perfect rendition of the well known characters we all know and love.

2. The Music

Since this isn’t a Disney production, the music in this play is quite different from what most Cinderella fans are used to.  Roger and Hammerstein incorporate many different songs that aren’t heard in the animated film.  If you are a 90s baby like myself, you’ll remember a few of the songs here from the Roger & Hammerstein film remake that featured Whitney Houston and Brandy.  Remember seeing it on the Disney channel 24/7?  I used to watch that movie all the time and enjoyed singing along with the songs I remembered from my childhood when I saw the play.  MY favorite of course being “Ten Minutes Ago” and “In My Own Little Corner”.

1. The Magic

What is a good Cinderella story without a little magic?  It can be very tricky to incorporate magic moments with fairytales in plays, but I have to say, they really nailed it with this one.  The transformation of Cinderella’s rags to her ballgown and back again was astounding and truly….well…magical!  I also loved how the forest animals were transformed to people and back again!  It was really cool to see this and the ooh’s and ahh’s of the audience told me I wasn’t the only one that was impressed!

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The beauty and whimsicality of this play alone makes this a 5 out of 5 star rating!

5 out of 5 stars

If you’re thinking about checking out this play, click here for tour dates and tickets!

Have you checked out Roger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella?  What did you think?  comment below!

XO, NAT

Disclosure:  All images and opinions are my own.

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