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Having a Ball at Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella On Broadway

Review of Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella On Broadway.

Before the popularity of Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, and Manolo Blahnik, there was a Fairy Godmother and a shiny pair of glass slippers, arguably every little princess' first introduction to the transformative power of beautiful pair of shoes.

Jill Seiman, Cinderella on Broadway

My memories of Cinderella are that of the 1950s Disney animated version and while there is no Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo in the new Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella on Broadway, I appreciated it just the same.

For the princess averse, the new musical is a modern retelling and Cinderella comes across charmingly confident and in control despite her circumstances. Instead of losing her glass slipper racing to beat the clock to midnight, she takes it off and hands it the prince, as if she already knows the outcome of the story and is just playing along. The ending of course is the same. It is a Cinderella story after all.

Set in the forest, the scenery is lush and dreamy, and the costumes are jaw-droppingly beautiful. Cinderella's transformations occur seamlessly, almost magically, much to the audience's delight. There were audible gasps followed by loud applause each time the Fairy Godmother waved her wand.

The show is one of the most child-friendly I have seen as of late, more so than Elf and even Annie, despite how they're marketed. The minimum age allowed in the theater is 4 years old but I kept imaging how much Sebastian would enjoy it. The singing and dancing had me in a happy trance and the evil stepsisters aren't all that evil. Not to mention the central theme is as relevant now as ever: stand up for what you believe in and let your heart love who it chooses.

My fabulous date for the evening, Kristan, is friends with the gorgeous and talented Laura Osnes who plays Cinderella, so we too snagged an invite to the ball, I mean backstage, to meet Cinderella and her prince and marvel at the cool props.

Jill Seiman, Kristan Serafino
Playbill R+H Cinderella on Broadway
Laura Osns, Jill Seiman, Kristan Serafino
Laura Osnes, Jill Seiman
Backstage at Cinderella on Broadway
Props Backstage at Cinderella

K and I were ravenous after the happy ending and trudged through the rain to 5 Napkin Burger for late night buffalo chicken sandwiches and girl talk. We chatted about leaving the city and went back and forth listing all the reasons why life would be calmer and more manageable in another place. Not 5 minutes later we were scheduling our next Broadway date (Kinky Boots!).

{Thanks to The MOMS for including us in the press preview. I was not compensated for my attendance or this post. I received complimentary tickets for review purposes. All opinions expressed herein are my own.}