It may seem cliché to tell you that as a little girl, Cinderella was my all time favorite fairy tale, but it is true. I made my poor parents watch the film, and read me the book all.the.time.
When I heard that the Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella was coming to the Straz Center this week, I knew I just *had* to go! Any time I get an exciting opportunity to attend a show at the Straz Center downtown, Jason seems to have class [which has allowed me to bring a few girlfriends as my date, and once I was even lucky enough to bring my momma to see The Rockettes]. Fortunately for me, Mister C does not have class on Tuesdays. When I asked if he’d go with me [via text], he replied, “Yes, I’ll take you to the ball, Cinderelly.”, which may sound cheesy, but I knew that meant he was in.
On our way yesterday to opening night, Jason told me he had never seen Cinderella, and why again did she lose her glass slipper? I had to ::ahem:: educate him on the classic children’s version so many of us grew up with - Cinderella is more like a slave to her step-mother, and ugly step-sisters. Cinderella has a wonderful heart, and all the animals love her. She loses her slipper trying to leave the ball as the clock strikes midnight. As I told Jason all this I realized that maybe this wonderfully classic tale did seem a tad outdated…I mean, yes it’s cool as a kid that Cinderella escapes her terrible step-family to become a real princess, but it is 2014, and don’t we maybe want more as a modern day girl from our fairy tales?
“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.”
Last night’s performance did not disappoint! It had so many modern twists, tons of laughs, as well as wonderful effects, and oh those costumes [especially when Cinderella's Fairy Godmother turns her into a belle for the ball; wow!] I would love to share more details, but then I couldn’t think how to give you more of this fun show without ruining all the surprises for you! Even my husband, the good sport, enjoyed it.
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella will run a the Straz Center, October 21-26. P
lease do yourself a favor, and see this show!
**BE A FAIRY GODMOTHER!**
Bring your gently used prom dresses, cocktail party dresses, evening gowns, shoes and accessories to any performance of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella for donation to Belle of the Ball Project, a nonprofit organization that provides homecoming and prom dresses to young women in need. >>> I donated a few cocktail dresses for this worthy cause myself.
Which fairy tale was your favorite as a child?
**I received two tickets to the opening night of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella from the Straz Center, in part with the Tampa Bay Bloggers, in exchange for my review. All opinions are always my own**