You’re welcome. If you choose to turn off the news, put down your cell phone, forget Facebook and head downtown to Playhouse Square to see the touring production of “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” you will thank me for recommending these two and a half hours of unabashedly romantic, unadulterated, uninterrupted escapism.
To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's blog here or www.clevelandjewishnews.com/columnists/bob_abelman/
The touring production of ROGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA is well conceived and performed. It is charming and delightful to the eye and ear. It’s the wonderful experience that will leave audiences, young and old, glad they went to the theater and wishing for return trips.
To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.
And so, the book goes off in more directions and plot distractions than a Victor Hugo novel. This becomes even more jarring, because few, if any, of these topical–relevance distractions are supported by the magnificent original Rodgers & Hammerstein score.
Fortunately, the songs are good enough and self-contained enough so that, no matter how far the book casts the fairytale astray, the music can take the show back over, if only briefly. All it takes is the wave of a conductor’s magic wand.
Sometimes even a chestnut like Cinderella can surprise and delight. In this case it is the cast that brings out the magic carried solidly on the shoulders of youthful enthusiasm. Bring the entire clan for an astounding mid-winter break of happiness. It will have you believe that wishes can come true.