Cinderella

by Rodgers + Hammerstein

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Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations, and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/ It’s Possible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes.

Sunday, February 25
7:00 PM

Newlin Hall

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ABOUT THE SHOW

Once upon a time, a young woman named Ella does chores for her stepmother, Madame, and stepsisters, Gabrielle and Charlotte, all the while dreaming of a life beyond her rags. Meanwhile, the soon-to-become-King Prince Topher is having a hard time finding his purpose in life. A ball is planned to find Prince Topher a wife.

After Madame and her daughters leave for the ball Ella’s Fairy Godmother reveals herself and magically arranges for Ella to go to the ball with a beautiful gown, glass slippers, animals transformed into royal attendants, and a carriage made out of a pumpkin. Ella arrives completely transformed and unidentifiable. Prince Topher becomes smitten with this beautiful stranger as they dance. Just as they are about to share a kiss, the clock strikes twelve and Ella hurriedly leaves.

Prince Topher searches for Ella but is not able to find her, so he demands a banquet be held in hopes she shows up again. Ella’s Fairy Godmother returns to give Ella one more beautiful gown and sends her off to the banquet. There, Ella finds Prince Topher as the clock strikes twelve, and Ella must run again.

A day later, Ella appears in her tattered clothes as Prince Topher desperately searches the kingdom for her. The Prince permits Ella to try on the slipper. It fits, he proposes, and, of course, everyone lives happily ever after!

ABOUT RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, authors of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cin­derella on Broadway, hold one of the most successful legacies in American musical theater history. Together, they created 11 musicals and received 35 Tony Awards, 15 Academy Awards, two Pulitzer Prizes, two Grammy Awards and two Emmy Awards. Many describe Rodgers and Hammerstein’s body of work in the 1940s and 1950s as the “golden age” of musical theater.

Richard Rodgers first saw success with his part­ner Lorenz Hart with over 40 shows and film scores, while Oscar Hammerstein II had worked successfully on several operettas. In 1943, Rodgers and Hammer­stein created Oklahoma!, and as they say, the rest is history. Thereafter, they collaborated on Carousel (1945), Allegro (1947), South Pacific (1949), The King and I (1951), Me and Juliet (1953), Pipe Dream (1955), Flower Drum Song (1958) and The Sound of Music (1959). Together they wrote State Fair (1943) as a movie, which also arrived on Broadway in 1996, and, of course, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (1957) as a made-for-television movie.

Rodgers and Hammerstein were top-notch at integrating dialogue and music to tell vivid stories. These stories were capable of not only entertaining with great humor and whimsy, but also challenging notions of racism, classism and sexism. This im­pressive combination of form and content would in­spire generations of musical theater writers to come.

Today, their imprint on American theater and culture is undeniable. Time magazine and CBS News named Rodgers and Hammerstein one of the top 20 most influential artists of the 20th century. They also received The Hundred Year As­sociation of New York’s Gold Medal Award “in rec­ognition of outstanding contributions to the City of New York” in 1950. The 46th Street Theatre was named The Richard Rodgers Theatre in March of 1990. That same year, they were commemo­rated with a United States Postal Service stamp. With many awards in hand and a body of work that continues to be produced for its relevance and artistic mastery, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s work lives on as one of the most beloved canons in American musical theater.