The Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, with a new book by four-time Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane and direction by Mark Brokaw, is an empowering show that will leave you enchanted and entertained. With a stellar cast, excellent costumes, a fun set, Cinderella made me leave the theatre with a big smile on my face.
Laura Osnes gave a triumphant performance comprised of her gorgeous vocals and strong acting skills as "Cinderella," while Victoria Clark was delightful as "Marie, The Fairy Godmother." It's always a delight getting to hear Victoria Clark sing; luckily I got to hear her a few times. As "Madame, Cinderella's Stepmother," Harriet Harris gave a brilliant performance. Harriet knew how to deliver each line on target. Ann Harada stole the spotlight each time she was on stage as "Charlotte, Cinderella's Stepsister." Ann's brilliant comedic timing resulted in huge laughter from the audience. Marla Mindelle also did a fantastic job as "Gabrielle, Cinderella's other Stepsister." I saw Marla in Broadway's Sister Act, but in Cinderella, she really got to show off her humorous side. Cast as "The Prince" Santino Fontana wooed the audience with his gifted voice, as Peter Bartlett ("Sebastian"), Greg Hildreth ("Jean-Michael"), and Phumzile Sojola ("Lord Pinkleton") all added much laughter to this story.
In addition to the above, the one aspect of Cinderella I LOVED most was the strong message it gave of how important it is to believe in yourself and stand-up for what you want. It's essential to teach this value to people, especially young children. Going to see this show will not only introduce children (or adults) to the magical world of theatre, but it will instill the importance of following your heart. "Cinderella," "The Prince," "Gabrielle," and "Jean-Michael," all displayed this belief in themselves wonderfully. They showed everyone how you can live the life you deserve if you have a strong sense of self-worth and go after your goals.
Cinderella is a show for adults and children alike. I believe you will leave the theatre feeling stronger while still being entertained by the glorious talent up on the stage of the Broadway Theatre. If you want to be taken into a world of laughter, hope, strength, and magic, then I would definitely recommend going to see Cinderella on Broadway. Cinderella plays the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway at 53rd Street). Click here for tickets and be sure to follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and at http://cinderellaonbroadway.com!