Although I was very vaguely familiar with the 1957 version of Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella (basically, I knew it existed and Julie Andrews was in it, and that was all), it wasn't 'till the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade last year when cast performed Impossible and Ten Minutes Ago that I really discovered it. I was really excited that Cinderella was coming to Broadway and from the numbers they did it already looked great! Then I forgot about it until late March, the month it debuted. Since then I've been keeping up with it, watching videos clips and behind the scenes videos, looking up photos on Pinterest, and eagerly waited for the official album to come out, which is AMAZING! The show will be touring in 2014 (Whaaaa! So excited!) which I plan on seeing as long as they come to Seattle.
Cinderella has been running at the Broadway Theater since March 2013. Below you'll find the cast as of September 2013.
Laura Osnes as Ella (Cinderella)
Santino Fontana as Prince Topher
Rebecca Luker as Maire (The Fairy Godmother)
Harriet Harris as Madame (Cinderella's Stepmother)
Ann Harada as Charlotte
Marla Mindelle as Gabrielle
Peter Bartlett as Sebastian
Greg Hildreth as Jean-Michel
Phumzile Sojola as Lord Pinkleton
There is no one better than Laura Osnes to play Ella. I'd never heard of her before Cinderella, but she's a wonderful actor and singer, especially in this role. Just listen to the album and you'll know what I mean. And Santino Fontana? He's the perfect prince. When you put those two together you get a pair of goof-balls doing the most random and funny things backstage. Now if only I could see those two perform in Cinderella. That my friends would be such a neat experience, that's for sure! To bad NYC is so far away...
I had heard how amazing the transformation scene was. Ella changes from her raggedy old dress into a beautiful ballgown in just a few seconds right in front of your eyes! They hadn't released that scene anywhere, but they finally did it for the Tony Awards. Even on video it was just as spectacular as I had heard and I kept watching that part over and over and over again! If you haven't seen it yet, CBS uploaded it to YouTube where you can watch it yourself.
Big ballroom/dancing scenes are my favorite and the ball in Cinderella looks so beautiful! All those big poofy dresses swooshing around as they dance on stage. Love it!
(This has to be my most favorite GIF ever.)
There aren't really any photo of anything after the ball, so here's a photo of Gabrielle and Jean-Michel and and the wedding scene.
And they lived happily ever after.
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