1681 Broadway, New York, NY, 10019
nr. 52nd St.
By Tolliver1 on 3/11/2013
I took my 8 year old son to this production and we were both mesmerized from the moment it started! The music was sensational, the costumes, dancing and changes were magical and the lead performances were the best I've seen on Broadway in years. What's all this nonsense about being too political? Last time I checked having a decent underlying moral/political message of kindness and inclusion was a good thing and not too difficult for even an 8 yr old to figure out. If you saw 'Wicked' (another amazing show) and did not get that its story is filled with political commentary about cruelty and class structure mixed in with great music and story development then you are kidding yourself (read the interviews at lyricist Stephen Schwartz's website if you don't believe me). So if you just relax, enjoy the stunning spectacle of pure entertainment and don't take yourself too seriously - Cinderella will truly amaze you and allow you to share in a truly magical world for a few hours - which most of us need every now and then.
By estrea.janoson on 3/7/2013
This show is a mix of great and bad. In trying to expand the original 1 1/2 hour TV specials with Julie Andrews in 1957 and Lesley Ann Warren in 1965, they changed the story unnecessarily. They added a political conscious raising sub plot which becomes both boring and confusing in the second act. My 11 year old son did not get why they veered from the original story and said he would have liked it better that way. I agree. After waiting since 1965 to see this come to Broadway I felt a little let down. On the other hand, my son's twin sister did not care. She loved the show and I loved a lot of it too...the score, the costumes, the dancing, the singing, the special effects, the fun. So take the kids, go see it and enjoy it despite the muddied waters. It was a still a treat!
By marrtyy on 2/24/2013
Rodgers and Hammerstein's TV special from '57 has been "re-imagined" as a "girl friends" sitcom. After seeing the show, it probably should have been stayed on TV as a half hour sitcom. Why Broadway$$$$$ Hmmm. Ok, the cast is terrific. The score is wonderful R&H. And there are moments of genuine humor. But it doesn't come together. The direction is stagnant. The choreography bland. The costumes and scenery are, well... It has the feel of a touring show - on ice! Woosh, a double axle! But most of all, I missed the enchantment. Originally, Cinderella's a girl who was bullied but remained true to herself and won out in the end! In this production, she's "cut her cloth to fit the fashion of the times."(Lillian Hellman) She's burned her bra - even though women are wearing them again - just check the quarterlies of Victoria's Secret. Everything changed. She's no longer timeless, she's dated and a contemporary cliche. If only the creative team hadn't cut it's own cloth to fit... well.. What a waste. Bad Broadway. Very bad.