Those who attend Broadway’s Cinderella expecting a retread of the Disney movie, or the 1957 Rodgers and Hammerstein TV movie (on which the show is actually based), are in for a few big surprises. This new Cinderella is still built around the lush score for which the R&H version is fondly remembered, including the swoony waltz “Ten Minutes Ago” and the plaintive ballad “In My Own Little Corner.” But Hammerstein’s original book—which seemed as creaky as an old rocking chair in New York City Opera’s 2005 attempt to stage it—has been replaced with a cheeky new script by wit-for-hire Douglas Carter Beane. This is not a matter of tweaks; Beane has rewritten the whole yarn of ball, with an ear toward modern attitudes and attitude. The resulting confection of class and sass suggests a red-velvet cake nested in cotton candy.
Time: 3:00 PM
Address: 1681 Broadway, Midtown West, at 53rd St, New York
Phone: 212-239-6200, www.cinderellaonbroadway.com
Price: $45–$147, premium $177–$299