Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella surprises at the Boston Opera House
A pumpkin, two mean sisters, a masked ball, a glass slipper. Will it fit? Won’t it fit?
When Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella takes the stage at the Boston Opera House for its debut, you’ll get all the same feels from this classic story. But this version of the 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical has a few tricks up its puffy sleeves. With a bibbity bobbity boo, you’re taken on an even more exciting and hilarious adventure.
This new take on the classic will play for a limited engagement from September 29 through October 11. Backed by an incredible orchestra, there will be all the story’s classic elements you’ve come to expect and love, plus some surprising new twists.
With Richard Rodgers behind the music and Oscar Hammerstein II crafting the lyrics, this dynamic team has cornered the market on musicals with little ditties like OKLAHOMA!, Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific and The Sound of Music under their belts. One of their most popular titles, Cinderella was originally written for television and debuted in 1957 with a young starlet named Julie Andrews. It finally hit the Broadway stage in 2013, earning it a Tony Award. Today’s performance helps you rediscover some of the musical’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” as a romance that celebrates wishes, dreams, love and let’s face it…shoes.
During this beloved tale, Cinderella is a woman of today living in a throwback fairytale setting. Her spirit is alive, her soul fiery, and her dreams are her best friends. No rags or gowns can stop her as she strives to make the world a better place. Oh, and to fall in love in the meantime. She transforms from a chamber maid into a glorious princess, and the rest is history. With elements from a new book by Douglas Carter Beane accompanying the original book by Hammerstein, the performance masterfully mixes both stories into something new and wondrous.
To complete the experience as they tell their tale, the musical is directed by Mark Brokaw and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, while the creative team is basically named Tony – scenic design by Tony Award nominee Anna Louizos, costume design by six-time Tony Award-winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony Award-winner Kenneth Posner, and sound design by Tony Award nominee Nevin Steinberg.
Another welcomed addition is an autism-friendly performance held on Sunday, October 4, at 5:30pm. Mayor Walsh will serve as Honorary Chair for the event that will host more than 2,500 autism community members at Boston Opera House. Autism Speaks, the world’s leading science and advocacy organization, is co-hosting this autism-friendly performance during which all elements of the theater experience will be tailored to meet the needs of individuals affected by autism, including slight production adjustments, trained support staff to provide assistance, calming areas, and a supportive, judgment-free environment.
Besides those spiced lattes and flavored doughnuts, this exciting new performance of Cinderella is an even better way to embrace the notion of pumpkins this fall.
The Boston Opera House is located at 539 Washington Street in Boston. Performances are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 1pm. Special show times are Wednesday, September 30, at 7pm; an added matinee on Thursday, October 8, at 1pm; and the Autism-friendly performance on Sunday, October 4, at 5:30pm.