Cinderella!

As a singer, with a Bachelor’s degree in music and a trained ear, when I go to a music performance of any kind my first instinct is to critique.  To listen to all the technical aspects or the voices or the orchestra and try to find what may be wrong.  Last night I began the performance of “Cinderella” on Broadway, the same way, however, I could only last in this mindset for a few minutes.  The best way to describe my experience is to say that I became hypnotized by the magic of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, and saw the story through the eyes of a child.  This show was the epitome of what musical theater should always strive to be, an escape from the reality of the day-to-day complete with the happily ever after ending.  Of course, being Rodgers and Hammerstein there is always just a little bit of a social-awareness message in between all the sugary sweetness.  In this case, it was class equality and making sure that everyone, no matter of status has a voice and is heard.  The cast was full of well-known faces with Santino Fontana and Laura Osnes as the Prince and Cinderella, but the best casting, in my opinion was Rebecca Luker as the fairy godmother.  Although it was a disappointment to not see Victoria Clark in the role she originated, Luker was a stellar replacement and was, in my opinion, perfectly cast, and by no means is she an unknown in the Broadway community.  Overall, this was truly one of the best theater experiences I have had in a very long time, and I highly recommend it to people of all ages.

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