One of the most famous fairy tales come to life this year as Cinderella the musical takes the stage at the Broadway Theatre in New York. This production of Rodgers and Hammersteins Cinderella the Musical is the first one on Broadway. Originally the musical was produced for television only. The original Cinderella the musical was written in 1957 by Rodgers and Hammerstein for television. But since its premiere on Broadway, the musical has only been attracting positive feedback from the critics. Apart from attracting positive reviews, the 2013 Broadway production of the musical has also earned nine Tony Award nominations, including one for ‘Best Revival of a Musical’. In addition to the beloved elements from the tale of Cinderella, the musical also adds some twists and turns to make it look fresh to the aficionados of this classic fairy tale. Rodgers and Hammersteins Cinderella the Musical tickets are the new best commodity in theater world as more and more people come out to witness the charm of this age old saga.
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Cinderella the Musical features music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II respectively. For the televised version of the musical, the book was also written by Hammerstein. However for the Broadway musical the book is written by Douglas Carter Beane and is based on Hammerstein’s 1957 book. Just like the original televised musical, the Broadway production is also based on the French version of Cinderella called Cendrillon ou la Petite Pantoufle de Vair.
The original Cinderella the musical was broadcasted on CBS live on March 31, 1957. Julie Andrews played the lead role in this version. The original broadcast attracted more than 100 million viewers and its popularity also led to its remake in 1965 and 1997. Both the remakes saw an addition of Rodgers’ songs from other musicals as well.
The musical has also had several stage adaptions. Prior to being staged on Broadway, the musical made its way to London’s West End. Later on, New York City Opera also staged a performance of the musical which was closely based on the original television version of the opera. The New York City Opera production premiered in 1993 and was revived on several occasions. Apart from these two major productions, several touring productions also attracted patrons, including a U.S Tour that also stopped by at the Madison Square Garden’s Theatre. In 2008, an Asian tour of the musical also kicked off starring Lea Salonga as the lead role. It lasted for thirty weeks.
The current production of the musical started its previews on January 25, 2013. The production officially opened at the Broadway Theatre on March 3, 2013. In the plot that Beane wrote, he made a number of changes to the original story. The current Broadway production also saw the addition of several new scores from the previous works of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Cinderella the musical is directed by Mark Brokaw while it is choreographed by Josh Rhodes. The lead role is played by Laura Osnes, however she will be replaced by Carly Rae Jepsen for 12 weeks starting from February 4, 2014. Other cast members include Santino Fontana playing Prince, Victoria Clark playing Godmother & Crazy Marie, Peter Bartlett as Prime Minister, and Harriet Harris as the Stepmother.
The initial response to the musical was mixed to positive reviews. Critics like Associated Press, the Financial Times and Time Magazine praised the musical in one way or the other. The production is well in motion at the Broadway Theatre in New York. Theater goers can catch this classic tale with a fresh perspective with Rodgers and Hammersteins Cinderella the Musical tickets. A National Tour of the musical is also scheduled to kick off in Chicago later on December 16, 2014.