Friday, July 24, 2015

CINDERELLA @ PlayhouseSquare

July 21-August 2, 2015
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Bob Abelman

The slipper fits for this touring, storybook telling of "Cinderella"   

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's CJN article here.

Howard Gollop

To be sure, the touring production at the Palace Theater reflects all the opulence and magic that puthe new Broadway “redo” of “Cinderella” at the top of  box office grosses.  So why must this version of “Cinderella” sweat so hard to be more?  Something seems amiss right from the beginning when Cinderella and the Prince separately roam the Medieval forest singing “Me, Who Am I,” a song cut from one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s rare flops “Me and Juliet.”  It’s one of those eye-rolling moments when we realize that Cinderella and her Prince are not allowed to be, as one of the hilariously rotund stepsisters musically quipped, “Merely Lovely.”

Mark Horning

This lavish production of Cinderella is, in a word, magical!  With wonderful music and lyrics by Rodgers and Hammerstein and an experienced cast of singers, dancers and actors.  Take the entire family to share this phenomenal production.  It is the Broadway musical at its best.

To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's blog.

Andrea Simakis

The charmer of a production with a clever, updated book by Douglas Carter Beane ("The Little Dog Laughed") blows the dust off the original 1957 television version, thanks to a blast of snarky humor and "Ella," a new-century princess who can have her prince and change the world, too. (Or at least convince her boyfriend to order elections in the kingdom for the first time, like the Arab Spring as told by the Brothers Grimm.)

To see a full review of this show, read Andrea Simakis' blog or visit here.