Joey O’Hern Staff Writer
For the first time ever, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s fairytale classic made it to the Great White Way. The musical itself which has been done numerous times on TV, originally with the iconic Julie Andrews and then most recently with Brandy, never got to take a bow on Broadway. That was until this past Sunday when classic score filled the “Broadway” theatre.
When the show was announced an all-star team was assembled. Mark Brokaw signed on as the director, Douglass Carter Beane would pen a new book, Josh Rhodes as choreographer and the always-impressive William Ivey Long became the costumer designer. With such a team put together this show was sure to be a hit? Or was it? Quickly after previews started word started to spread that this classic fairytale was is trouble. The show was to long, script got off course and came across to political and contemporary, sets weren’t the best and the only good thing was Cinderella herself, Laura Osnes. As previews progressed the creative team got to work fixing what they could, changing what was possible, hoping to get it right before opening night. So did they make it a sure fire hit?
Reviews started to trickle in Sunday night and overall they were positive but with a few criticisms here and there.
The Associated Press said: “Beane has succeeded, proving he may be Cinderella’s real fairy godmother. His script crackles with sweetness and freshness” and went on to sing praises for Laura Osnes, “born to play a princess. She’s so naturally earnest and sweet than she barely has to act.”
Variety called Osnes a “triple threat” and says, “her acting chops and dancing skills make her as lovely to watch as she is to listen to.”
Overall the reviews for this show were positive with a few critiques about the politically contemporary script (The NY Times said it was, “fiddling with the plot too to give it politically progressive substance”). Nonetheless if you want a magical night on Broadway and a show performed by a stellar cast, go see Cinderella.
For more information check out: www.cinderellaonbroadway.com