Broadway Across Canada brings Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Apr 11-16) to Vancouver. With its fresh new take on the classic tale of a young woman transformed from chambermaid into a princess, here are five reasons we think you should go:
1Story old as time
We may be mixing up our fairy tales but the Cinderella story really has been around much longer than the version popularized by Disney’s 1950 animated feature. Thousands of variations are known throughout the world with the oldest documented version written in China in 860 A.D..
2Richard and Oscar
The music and lyrics come from musical theatre luminaries, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The duo have been called the greatest writing partnership of the 20th century and are responsible for such shows as Oklahoma!, The King and I, and The Sound of Music.
3From small screen to Broadway
Originally written for television in 1957 for a broadcast starring Julie Andrews, it wasn’t until 2013 that it finally found itself on Broadway. Nominated for nine Tony Awards that year, it took home the award for best costumes.
4Classic story with a twist
With a new book by Douglas Carter Beane, this Cinderella combines the story’s classic elements – glass slippers, a pumpkin, and a beautiful ball – with some surprising twists. Ironically perhaps, Beane used Charles Perrault’s 1697 fairy tale for inspiration.
With its timeless tale of a young women’s triumphant reward against injustice, this is a story the entire family can enjoy together.