Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella at The Music Center

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella at The Music Center

Cinderella, Music CenterWith its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” combines the story’s classic elements – glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball along with some surprising twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting. She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who doesn’t let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness.

What’s Up for Kids was invited to see the production first hand, and our photographer, Cynthia Olkie and her young daughter headed down to the Music Center, here is their review.

Review: Cinderella! Cinderella! Cinderella!  What’s in a name?  A nickname that is.  In this version of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella based on their original television musical that aired in 1957, Ella, is nicknamed Cinderella by her step-mom because she stands near the cinders of the fire.

The overall performance is based on what most of us would know as the classic Cinderella.  What makes it different are the comical twists that even if the younger princesses and princes aren’t privy too don’t take away from the magic of the story.
This production is filled with stellar performances by not only Paige Faure (Cinderella),  Andy Huntington Jones (Prince Topher), but also Kecia Lewis (the Fairy godmother), Kaitlyn Davidson and Aymee Garcia (the step-sisters). One can’t ignore the performance of Fran Drescher, whom if you didn’t know was the Step-mother going in, you would know by her first spoken word.

CinderellaLogoMagical the production truly is.  The combination of a fantastic orchestra playing some of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s timeless songs, the performances, elaborate set design and most notable the costumes that magically transform in front of your eyes on stage, it is a performance not to miss.

Cinderella runs through April 26th. Visit http://www.centertheatregroup.org/tickets/Cinderella/ for showtimes and ticket information. Evening Performances and Weekend Matinee performances on Saturdays at 2pm and Sundays at 1pm.
Guest Writer -Cynthia Olkie

 

Authored by: Cindy Donnelly

Cindy has worked for What's Up for Kids for over 19 years and is thrilled to take over as owner/publisher. She loves helping South Bay parents connect with resources and working with camps, schools and other businesses to get the word out about their quality programs and services for families. For marketing information you can contact her at cindy@whatsupforkids.com.

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